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Mind : A Brief Introduction

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"The philosophy of mind is unique among contemporary philosophical subjects," writes John Searle, "in that all of the most famous and influential theories are false." One of the world's most eminent thinkers, Searle dismantles these theories as he presents a vividly written, comprehensive introduction to the mind. He begins with a look at the twelve problems of philosophy of mind-which he calls "Descartes and Other Disasters"-problems which he returns to throughout the volume, as he illuminates such topics as materialism, consciousness, the mind-body problem, intentionality, mental causation, free will, and the self. The book offers a refreshingly direct and engaging introduction to one of the most intriguing areas of philosophy.show more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 136 x 206 x 18mm | 299.37g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 3 line illus.
  • 0195157346
  • 9780195157345
  • 134,657

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...lively and lucid account... * The Guardian * Searle's deeply thought-out naturalism and ontological realism are refreshing and his arguments are rigorous and compelling, which makes a highly engaging and brilliant piece of philosophical writing for any serious reader to enjoy. * Maria Antonietta Perna, University College London *show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments ; Introduction: Why I Wrote This Book ; 1. A Dozen Problems in the Philosophy of Mind ; 2. The Turn to Materialism ; 3. Arguments against Materialism ; 4. Consciousness Part I: Consciousness and the Mind-Body Problem ; 5. Consciousness Part II: The Structure of Consciousness and Neurobiology ; 6. Intentionality ; 7. Mental Causation ; 8. Free Will ; 9. The Unconscious and the Explanation of Behavior ; 10. Perception ; 11. The Self ; Epilogue: Philosophy and the Scientific World-View ; Notes ; Suggestions for Further Reading ; Indexshow more

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