Elements of Mind

Elements of Mind : An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind

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This accessible and lively introduction considers the main problems and debates in contemporary philosophy of mind. The central theme of the book is that intentionality, or the mind's direction upon its objects - sometimes described as the mind's power to represent or be 'about' things - is the essential feature of all mental phenomena. Crane engages in a subsidiary theme, the mind-body problem, asking to what extent a physicalist reductive account of mental
phenomena is possible, or even necessary. Proposing an original and unified theory of all the phenomena of mind, Crane opposes those currently popular conceptions of the mind which divide mental phenomena into two very different kinds, the intentional and the qualitative. In the light of his theory, Crane
gives an account of the main problems of the philosophy of mind: the mind-body problem, the problem of intentionality (or mental representation), the problem of consciousness, and the problem of perception. He also attempts to give solutions to these problems.
This book provides an fresh and engaging exploration of those questions at the centre of the philosophy of mind in an accessible and lucid style which will appeal to all students, including those new to the subject.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 158 x 235 x 12mm | 310g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192892975
  • 9780192892973
  • 823,108

Table of contents

1. Mind ; 2. Body ; 3. Consciousness ; 4. Thought ; 5. Perception ; Bibliography ; Index
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'... an immensely well-informed an up-to-date discussion... Replete with controversial and original insights, it is sure to stimulate the interest of students and specialists alike.' THES
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About Tim Crane

Tim Crane is Reader in Philosophy at University College London, and Director of the Philosophy Programme at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. He is the author or editor of numerous articles and several books.
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