Philosophy of Mind

Philosophy of Mind

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This is a survey of important and contemporary topics in the philosophy of mind. It provides explanations of theories and criticism, illustrated with everyday examples, and outlines the strengths and weaknesses of each position considered by combining exposition with critical evaluation and countercriticisms from opposing points of view. There is a non-technical guide to relevant scientific literature, including artificial intelligence, connectionism and semantic networks. Solutions are also offered to longstanding problems in the philosophy of mind - the book outlines an alternative nonreductive property dualist theory of mind in contrast to standard eliminative or reductive functionalist or materialist theories.
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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 153.4 x 227.8 x 8.6mm | 253.8g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • Facsimile
  • Facsimile
  • 0130309338
  • 9780130309334

Table of contents

Introduction: The Ontology of Mind. 1. Dualisms of Mental and Physical Phenomena. 2. Elimination and Reduction Strategies for the Concept of Mind: Behaviorism, Materialism, Functionalism. 3. Artificial Intelligence: Mechanism, Minds, and Machines. 4. Intentionality and the Nature of Thought. 5. The Dignity of Mind. Afterword: The Challenge of Intentionalism: Toward a Scientific Metaphysics of Mind. For Further Reading. Index.
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