An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind

An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind

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The second edition of this well respected text has been revised to include a new chapter which explores Aristotle's philosophy of psychology and mind. It also includes new material on the Turing test and has been expanded and updated throughout.
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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 172 x 240 x 28mm | 621.43g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2nd ed.
  • 1, black & white illustrations
  • 0745640745
  • 9780745640747
  • 495,010

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An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind provides a livelyand accessible introduction to all the main themes and argumentscurrently being debated in this area. The book examines andcriticizes four major theories of mind: Dualism, Mind/BrainIdentity, Behaviourism and Functionalism.


It argues that while consciousness and our mental lives dependupon physical processes in the brain, they are not reducible tothose processes. The differences between mental and physicalstates, mind/body causality, the problem of other minds, andpersonal identity are also explored in full.

The second edition of this well respected text has been revisedto include a new chapter which explores Aristotle'sphilosophy of psychology and mind. It also includes new material onthe Turing test and has been expanded and updated throughout.

The book is designed to help students think for themselves aboutall the issues identified above, and contains exercises throughoutthe text to stimulate and challenge the reader. Objectives areclearly set out at the start of every chapter to enable students tocheck their understanding as they proceed, and each chapter endswith questions to consider. There are discussions of the most citedcontemporary writers in the field, so that the reader can gain arounded perspective of the debates.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgements. How to Use This Book. Chapter 1 The Mind/Body Problem. Chapter 2 Dualism. Chapter 3 The Mind/Brain Identity Theory. Chapter 4 Analytical Behaviourism. Chapter 5 Functionalism. Chapter 6 Taking Consciousness Seriously: Non-Reductive Monism. Chapter 7 Psycho-Physical Causation. Chapter 8 An Aristotelian Perspective. Chapter 9 The Problem of Other Minds. Chapter 10 Personal Identity as Physical Continuity. Chapter 11 Personal Identity as Psychological Continuity. Notes. Glossary. Select Bibliography
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"A lucid and masterly survey of the problems that arise in this area, written in a way that should encourage readers to think for themselves about the issues." Professor Roger Trigg, University of Warwick "Students and teachers of the philosophy of mind will welcome the second edition of Keith Maslin's book. It is delightfully clear and user-friendly, yet with sufficient depth to lead students into the philosophical debates conducted in primary texts: qualities which made the first edition so popular - and deservedly so." Trevor Hussey, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College
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About Keith Maslin

K.Maslin, Head of Philosophy and Critical Thinking, Esher College
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