A Materialist Theory of the Mind

A Materialist Theory of the Mind

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Breaking new ground in the debate about the relation of mind and body, David Armstrong's classic text - first published in 1968 - remains the most compelling and comprehensive statement of the view that the mind is material or physical.
In the preface to this new edition, the author reflects on the book's impact and considers it in the light of subsequent developments. He also provides a bibliography of all the key writings to have appeared in the materialist debate.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 29.46mm | 499g
  • Routledge
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • 0415100313
  • 9780415100311
  • 781,024

Table of contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition Introduction Part One: Theories of Mind 1. A Classification of Theories of Mind 2. Dualism 3. The Attribute Theory 4. A Difficulty for any Non-materialist Theory of Mind 5. Behaviourism 6.The Central-State Theory Part Two: The Concept of Mind 7. The Will (1) 8. The Will (2) 9. Knowledge and Inference 10. Perception and Belief 11. Perception and Behaviour 12. The Secondary Qualities 13. Mental Images 14. Bodily Sensations 15. Introspection 16. Belief and Thought Part Three: The Nature of Mind 17. Identification of the Mental with the Physical Bibliography Index
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A groundbreaking book when first published, A Materialist Theory of the Mind remains today one of the most important, influential, and penetrating discussions of the mind available. In addition to advancing a powerful defense of mind-body materialism, it contains rich and illuminating treatments of all the main aspects of mental functioning, from perceiving and mental imagery to thinking, willing, and introspection. At once sophisticated and highly accessible, this is a book anybody interested in the mind should have. Armstrong's informative new Preface for the Revised Edition is an added bonus, giving both overview and historical context and occasionally fine tuning his original discussion. - David Rosenthal, City University New York
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A groundbreaking book when first published, A Materialist Theory of the Mind remains today one of the most important, influential, and penetrating discussions of the mind available. In addition to advancing a powerful defense of mind-body materialism, it contains rich and illuminating treatments of all the main aspects of mental functioning, from perceiving and mental imagery to thinking, willing, and introspection. At once sophisticated and highly accessible, this is a book anybody interested in the mind should have. Armstrong's informative new Preface for the Revised Edition is an added bonus, giving both overview and historical context and occasionally fine tuning his original discussion. - David Rosenthal, City University New York
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