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    Mind and Body (Central Problems of Philosophy) (Paperback) By (author) Robert Kirk

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    DescriptionA great deal of work in philosophy today is concerned with some aspect of the complex tangle of problems and puzzles roughly labelled the mind-body problem. This book is an introduction to it. It is a readable, lucid and accessible guide that provides readers with authoritative exposition, and a solid and reliable framework which can be built on as needed. The first chapter briefly introduces the subject and moves on to discuss mechanism - the idea that minds are machines - focusing on Searle's Chinese Room argument. The next three chapters discuss dualism, physicalism, and some hard problems for physicalism, especially those concerning phenomenal consciousness. Chapters on behaviourism and functionalism follow. The central mind-body topics are then each given deeper consideration in separate chapters. Intentionality is investigated via Fodor's doctrine of the Language of Thought, taking account of connectionism. The main theories of consciousness are examined and the author's own approach outlined. The concluding chapter briefly resumes the theme of psychological explanation, linking it to further topics. Each chapter ends with a summary of the main points together with suggestions for further reading.

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    Mind and Body
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert Kirk
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 17 mm
    Weight: 230 g
    ISBN 13: 9781902683805
    ISBN 10: 1902683803

    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    DC21: 128
    BIC subject category V2: HPCF3
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15200
    BISAC V2.8: PHI010000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: B105.B64
    Thema V1.0: QDHR5
    Illustrations note
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
    Imprint name
    Acumen Publishing Ltd
    Publication date
    30 May 2003
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    Author Information
    Robert Kirk is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nottingham.
    Review quote
    "Pedagogically efficient, it is also stylistically colourful and breezy. Indeed, I predict that Kirk will replace some of the more robotic philosophers servicing this area with his thoughtful and enthusiastic book." - Philosophical Books
    Table of contents
    Preface 1. Introduction: are we just machines? 2. Is there something extra? 3. Physicalism 4. Some objections to physicalism 5. Behaviourism 6. Functionalism 7. More about thinking 8. More about feeling 9. Conclusion Websites References Index