A Brief Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind

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Broadview Press, Jan 11, 2005 - Philosophy - 224 pages
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One of the most profound philosophical problems is the nature of mind and its relationship to the body. A Brief Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind provides an introduction, written in clear language, to the various theories of the mind-body relationship, as well as a host of related philosophical discussions about mind and consciousness.

The central theories, such as Cartesian Dualism, parallelism, epiphenomenalism, and supervenience among others, are presented in historical order. Their claims, their strengths and weaknesses, and how they ultimately relate to one another and to other philosophical questions are explored objectively, allowing readers to decide for themselves which theories are best.

 

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This book is a well-written primer giving a clear and lucid account of the philosophical language and ideas used to discuss mentality. It ought to be said at the outset that the book has much to say ... Read full review

Contents

CONTENTS Preface
101
Introduction
103
Dualism 13
113
Behaviourism 35
135
Type Identity Theory 57
157
Functionalism 79
200
Anomalous Monism 101
201
Elirninative Materialism 123
245
Mental Content 167
267
The Problem of Qualia 189
289
Index 209
309
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Neil Campbell is an Associate Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo. He has published numerous articles in philosophy of mind, is the editor of Freedom, Determinism, and Responsibility: Readings in Metaphysics (Prentice Hall, 2003) and Mental Causation and the Metaphysics of Mind: A Reader (Broadview Press, 2003).

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