Mind and Body

Mind and Body

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A 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 19mm | 234g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Acumen Publishing Ltd
  • Durham, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1902683803
  • 9781902683805
  • 1,696,480

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"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
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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
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About Robert Kirk

Robert Kirk is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Nottingham.
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