Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy)

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9780415283564: Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy)

Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction is a comprehensive and accessible survey of main themes, positions and debates in philosophy of mind. John Heil introduces and discusses the major topics in succinct, user-friendly, self-contained chapters:

* Cartesian dualism
* Descartes's legacy
* non-Cartesian dualism
* behaviorism
* the identity theory
* functionalism
* the representational theory of mind
* qualia
* radical interpretation
* the intentional stance
* eliminativism
* property dualism
* mind and metaphysics
* the mind's place in nature

This revised and updated edition includes expanded chapters on eliminativism, qualia, and the representational theory of mind, and an entirely new chapter on property dualism. There are annotated suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter, updated to include recent material and internet resources.

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About the Author:

John Heil is Professor of Philosophy at Washington University, US, and Professor of Philosophy at Monash University, Australia. His previous publications include The Nature of True Minds (1992) and From an Ontological Perspective (2003).

Review:

'I enjoyed reading this book immensely and think very hightly indeed of it both as a student text and as a serious work of philosophy. It is well-organized, well-informed, up-to-date, comprehensive in scope, and written in an extremely clear and accessible style.' - E. J. Lowe, Durham University, on the 1st edition 'It is pitched at the right level for undergraduates... The book reads as the work of a very good philosopher who wants to introduce students to the topic.' - Times Higher Education Supplement, on the 1st edition 'Contains some of the clearest and most penetrating discussions I have ever read of functionalism and of the interpretative accounts of Davidson and Dennett. This fact alone makes the book an appealing candidate for upper-level undergraduate courses.' - Philosophical Quarterley, on the 1st edition

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