The Enigma of the Mind: The Mind-Body Problem in Contemporary Thought

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 27, 1995 - Philosophy - 319 pages
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Sergio Moravia's The Enigma of the Mind (originally published in Italian as L'enigma della mente) offers a broad and lucid critical and historical survey of one of the fundamental debates in the philosophy of mind - the relationship of mind and body. This problem continues to raise deep questions concerning the nature of man. The book has two central aims. First, Professor Moravia sketches the major recent contributions to the mind/body problem from philosophers of mind. Having established this framework Professor Moravia pursues his second aim - the articulation of a particular interpretation of the mental and the mind-body problem. The book's detailed and systematic treatment of this fundamental philosophical issue make it ideal for upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in epistemology and the philosophy of mind. It should also prove provocative reading for psychologists and cognitive scientists.
 

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Contents

Introduction to a metaphor
1
Toward a physical science of the mental Feigl and the reconstruction of the mindbody problem
30
The apogee of physicalism The identity theory and materialism in the Australian school
61
The obscure relationship Problems and debates surrounding the identity theory
105
Psychology as alchemy The elimination of the mental in the disappearance theory
118
The mind as function The functionalist approach to the mindbody problem
130
The mind as property and as event The reformist neoidentityism of Kim and Davidson
153
The mind as language The linguistic turn in the mindbody problem
176
Speaking in many different ways The pluralization of descriptions and explanations in the MBP
195
The mind as a mode of subjective experience An interpretive model of the features of the mental
206
The mind as subject and as beingintheworld Toward a nonmentalistic interpretation of the mental
236
The mental as intentionalpersonal emergence The psychopersonological perspective of Joseph Margolis
267
Bibliography
283
Name index
317
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