An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind

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9780745616889: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind

  • 2nd edition of this well respected and popular introduction to the philosophy of mind
  • fully updated and expanded throughout
  • includes a new chapter which explores Aristotles philosophy of psychology and mind
  • designed to help students think for themselves and contains exercises throughout the text to stimulate and challenge the reader
  • an excellent introduction to this subject for A-Level and first year undergraduates

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An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind provides a lively and accessible introduction to all the main themes and arguments currently being debated in this area. The book examines and criticizes four major theories of mind: Dualism, Mind/Brain Identity, Behaviourism and Functionalism. It argues that while consciousness and our mental lives depend upon physical processes in the brain, they are not reducible to those processes. The differences between mental and physical states, mind/body causality, the problem of other minds, and personal identity are also explored in full.The second edition of this well respected text has been revised to include a new chapter which explores Aristotle's philosophy of psychology and mind. It also includes new material on the Turing test and has been expanded and updated throughout. The book is designed to help students think for themselves about all the issues identified above, and contains exercises throughout the text to stimulate and challenge the reader. Objectives are clearly set out at the start of every chapter to enable students to check their understanding as they proceed, and each chapter ends with questions to consider. There are discussions of the most cited contemporary writers in the field, so that the reader can gain a rounded perspective of the debates.

About the Author:

K. T. Maslin is Head of Philosophy at Esher Sixth Form College in Surrey.

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