ISBN 9781851683765,Philosophy of Mind: A short introduction

Philosophy of Mind: A short introduction

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Edward Feser

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ISBN 9781851683765
Publisher

Oneworld Publications

Publication Year 2006
ISBN-13

ISBN 9781851683765

ISBN-10 1851683763
Binding

Paper Back

Number of Pages 204 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Literature fiction

How do you know that you really picked up this book and didnĚt just dream that you did? Is the mind nothing more than the brain? Could a computer ever be conscious? In this lively and accessible introduction to the philosophy of mind, Edward Feser tackles these and other questions, giving clear explanations of all the most important theories, from the classic accounts of Descartes and Aquinas to the latest developments in the literature on computing and cognitive science.

Using straightforward language without sacrificing philosophical depth, this guide outlines the major schools of thought and their different perspectives on consciousness, personal identity, and the mind-body problem. It takes seriously the arguments both for and against dualism -the view that there is a real distinction between mind and body-and is thus the first introductory text to reflect the growing challenge by contemporary philosophers to the dominant materialist doctrine.

Full of examples and scenarios, and featuring a glossary of key terms and chapter by chapter guides to further reading, this is a clearly-written, balanced and up-to-date introduction to one of the most popular fields in modern philosophy.

About the Author
Edward Feser teaches philosophy at . He specializes in the philosophy of mind and political philosophy.

Table of Contents
Perception
Dreams, demons, and brains in vats
Indirect realism
Skepticism
Appearance and reality, mind and matter
Materials
Tables, chairs, rocks, and trees
Reduction and supervenience
Cause and effect
Behaviorism
The identity theory
Functionalism
The burden of proof
Further reading
Qualia
The inverted spectrum
The ĚChinese nationĚ argument
The zombie argument
The knowledge argument
Subjectivity
Property dualism
Further reading
Consciousness
Eliminativism
Representationalism and Higher-Order Theories
Russellian identity theory and neutral monism
Troubles with Russellianism
A more consistent Russellianism
Consciousness, intentionality, and subjectivity
The binding problem
Further reading
Thought
Reasons and causes
The computational/representational theory of thought
The argument from reason
The Chinese room argument
The mind-dependence of computation
Thought and consciousness
Intentionality
Naturalistic theories of meaning
Eliminativism again
The indeterminacy of the physical
Materialism, meaning, and metaphysics
Further reading
Persons
Personal identity Consequences of mechanism
Hylomorphism Thomistic dualism
Philosophy of mind and the rest of philosophy
Further reading
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