Mind: A Brief Introduction

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Oxford University Press, Nov 1, 2004 - Philosophy - 336 pages
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"The philosophy of mind is unique among contemporary philosophical subjects," writes John Searle, "in that all of the most famous and influential theories are false." One of the world's most eminent thinkers, Searle dismantles these theories as he presents a vividly written, comprehensive introduction to the mind. He begins with a look at the twelve problems of philosophy of mind--which he calls "Descartes and Other Disasters"--problems which he returns to throughout the volume, as he illuminates such topics as materialism, consciousness, the mind-body problem, intentionality, mental causation, free will, and the self. The book offers a refreshingly direct and engaging introduction to one of the most intriguing areas of philosophy.
 

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In a well-written book Searle brings a glimmer of sanity to the fractious debate about the mind as he shows how the most popular positions (such as material monism and Cartesian dualism) are untenable ... Read full review

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The formal specification of the properties of conscious thought is a difficult subject, made more so by the dualism inherited from Descartes. How can a non-physical entity, as a mind is under dualism ... Read full review

Contents

Why I Wrote This Book
1
1 A Dozen Problems in the Philosophy of Mind
9
2 The Turn to Materialism
41
3 Arguments against Materialism
83
Consciousness and the MindBody Problem
107
The Structure of Consciousness and Neurobiology
133
6 Intentionality
159
7 Mental Causation
193
9 The Unconscious and the Explanation of Behavior
237
10 Perception
259
11 The Self
279
Philosophy and the Scientific WorldView
301
Notes
305
Suggestions for Further Reading
313
Index
321
Name Index
325

8 Free Will
215

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John R. Searle is Mills Professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of many books, including The Rediscovery of the Mind, The Mystery of Consciousness, Mind, Language and Society, Philosophy in the Real World, and Consciousness and Language.

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