A Brief Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 2006 - Philosophy - 227 pages
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A Brief Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind is written to engage the beginning student, offering a balanced, accessible entrZe into a notoriously complex field of inquiry. Crumley introduces four core areas in contemporary philosophy of the mind: the mind/body problem, mental content (intentionality), mental causation, and the nature of consciousness. The book is distinctive in its further coverage of such fascinating topics as the nature of mental images, theories of concepts, and whether or not computers can think, as well as brief accounts of the disciplines with which the philosophy of mind is often associated, among them neuroscience and cognitive psychology.
  

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Contents

Dualism
11
Only Skin Deep Behaviorism
34
Its All in Your Brain Type Identity Theory
56
Diagramming the Mind Functionalism
79
Minds Computers and Biology Functionalism II
96
Does the Mental Matter? Eliminativism and Instrumentalism
114
The Function of the Mind
137
Images and Concepts
139
What Do You Have in Mind? Theories of Mental Content
161
Its the Law Mental Causation
181
Consciousness from B to Z
198
Glossary
215
Index
221
About the Author
227
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Jack S. Crumley II is professor of philosophy at The University of San Diego.

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