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.