A Historical Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind: Readings with Commentary

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Broadview Press, Dec 23, 1996 - Philosophy - 516 pages
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A Historical Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind is designed both to provide a selection of core readings on the subject and to make those readings accessible by providing commentaries to guide the reader through initially intimidating material. Each commentary explains technical concepts and provides background on obscure arguments as they arise, setting them in the historical and intellectual milieu from which they emerged. The readings concentrate on providing the student with a solid grounding in the theories of representative figures of the major philosophical movements, from Plato and Aristotle to important recent figures such as Fodor and Dennett. A glossary of key terms is also included.
 

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Contents

Historical Background
3
Naturalizing the Soul
27
Selections from On the Soul and Sense and Sensibilia
39
Knowledge of Mind and Matter
63
Selections from Meditations on First Philosophy
75
Descartes Dualism
89
Materialism and Idealism
117
Contemporary Theories
143
Artificial Intelligence
251
Functionalism
297
Eliminative Materialism
335
Toward a Unified Science of the MindBrain
355
Recent Problems
369
Intentionality
451
Glossary
487
Acknowledgements
495

Linguistic Philosophy
175

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Peter A. Morton is a Chair of the Humanities Department at Mount Royal College, Calgary.

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