Philosophy of Mind: A Beginner's Guide

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Oxford University Press, 2005 - Philosophy - 206 pages
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Designed specifically for students with no background knowledge in the subject, this accessible introduction covers all of the basic concepts and major theories in the philosophy of mind. Topics discussed include dualism, behaviorism, the identity theory, functionalism, the computational theory of mind, connectionism, physicalism, mental causation, and consciousness. The text is enhanced by chapter summaries, a glossary, suggestions for further reading, and self-assessment questions.

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User Review  - Katariina Kottonen - Goodreads

A part of obligatory reading for university, yet quite a good introduction into the area, so I wasn't half sorry I had to take this book. Fairly easy and accessible; tends to treat certain subjects ... Read full review

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User Review  - Matthew Baker - Goodreads

Starting an OU course in the Philosophy of Mind and read this as a taster. I have relly enjoyed it - everything is as simple as possible, and no simpler. I hope the course itself is half as interesting as this book! Read full review


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About the author (2005)

Ian Ravenscroft completed his PhD at the Research School of Social Science, Australian National University. After spending a year teaching in the Philosophy Department at the University of Auckland, he became an ARC Research Associate at Flinders University. In 1998, Ian moved to the Philosophy Department at King's College London, where he directed the graduate program in the philosophy of mental disorder. He is now back at Flinders University.

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