This is Philosophy of Mind: An Introduction

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All fields required. Email Print Add to Wishlist. Overview Author Bio Table of Contents Series A fresh perspective on the central philosophical issues surrounding the mind. This engaging and thought-provoking introduction to philosophy of mind covers all the central questions regarding the mind. Taking a novel approach for an introductory text, authors Paul Gilbert, Kathleen Lennon, and Steve Burwood argue that the dominant theories are based on flawed Cartesian assumptions and presuppositions about the nature of mind and body.

Beginning with an examination of the Cartesian roots of contemporary philosophy of mind and rationality, the authors show that, despite rejecting mind-body dualism in favour of materialism, most recent philosophies of mind are still Cartesian -- they share a Cartesian conception of the body while adopting a reductionist approach to the mind. Providing a welcome alternative to texts such as Churchland's Matter and Consciousness, the authors develop an alternative position called "perspectivalism," which is based on a metaphysics of the body characterized intentionally and combines elements of both Anglo-American and Continental traditions.

The authors explain the ideas of philosophers such as Wittgenstein, Putnam, Fodor, Davidson, Dennett, and Merleau-Ponty and examine the famous examples these and other philosophers have introduced. They also provide an overview of the issues and debates involving reductionism, functionalism, computational theories of mind, connectionism, the language of thought, externalism versus internalism in the theory of thought content, interpretationism, the problem of consciousness, and theories of experience.

The fresh and incisive perspective of Philosophy of Mind will be of interest to both undergraduate and graduate students in philosophy as well as to students and professionals in cognitive science disciplines who would like an introduction to the philosophical treatment of the subject. Guides to further reading are provided in each chapter and the book includes a helpful glossary and useful diagrams.

Details Part of the Fundamentals of Philosophy Series number 2 in series 5. Paul Gilbert is senior lecturer in philosophy, University of Hull, U. Kathleen Lennon is senior lecturer in philosophy, University of Hull, U. Steve Burwood is lecturer in philosophy, University of Hull, U.

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Oxford University Press, So the vase and the statue are not identical to the pieces but merely constituted by or composed of them. The problem of meaning in the philosophy of mind. That is, functionalism abstracts away from the details of the physical implementation of a mental state by characterizing it in terms of non-mental functional properties. However, we think that to do some of the philosophical work he expects from his theory of how the mind works Graham also needs a theory of rational warrant that evaluates how contents get in to the mind, and not just an account of transitions among states of mind.

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