The Science of the Mind
Consciousness emerges as the key topic in this second edition of Owen Flanagan's popular introduction to cognitive science and the philosophy of psychology. in a new chapter Flanagan develops a neurophilosophical theory of subjective mental life. He brings recent developments in the theory of neuronal group selection and connectionism to bear on the problems of the evolution of consciousness, qualia, the unique first-personal aspects of consciousness, the causal role of consciousness, and the function and development of the sense of personal identity. He has also substantially revised the chapter on cognitive psychology and artificial intelligence to incorporate recent discussions of connectionism and parallel distributed processing.
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I used Flanagan's book to help prep for a "Philosophy of Psychology" course that I taught. My overall assessment is that it is useful, though flawed. It is useful in the following ways: Flanagan is a ... Read full review
An excellent, comprehensive resource; I just saved $40 this term of Philosophy. One wrinkle, however - the missing pages from this book make it seem that someone went through it, ripping out material at random. What ever happened to poor page seven?
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