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Philosophy of Mind A Contemporary Introduction

ISBN-10: 0415891752
ISBN-13: 9780415891752
Edition: 3rd 2013 (Revised)
Authors: John Heil
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Description: When first published, John Heil's introduction quickly became a widely used guide for students with little or no background in philosophy to central issues of philosophy of mind. Heil provided an introduction free of formalisms, technical trappings,  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 1/16/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

When first published, John Heil's introduction quickly became a widely used guide for students with little or no background in philosophy to central issues of philosophy of mind. Heil provided an introduction free of formalisms, technical trappings, and specialized terminology. He offered clear arguments and explanations, focusing on the ontological basis of mentality and its place in the material world. The book concluded with a systematic discussion of questions the book raises--and a sketch of a unified metaphysics of mind--thus inviting scholarly attention while providing a book very well suited for an introductory course.This Third Edition builds on these strengths, and incorporates new material on theories of consciousness, computationalism, the language of thought, and animal minds as well as other emerging areas of research. With an updated reading list at the end of each chapter and a revised bibliography, this new edition will again make it the indispensable primer for anyone seeking better understanding of the central metaphysical issues in philosophy of mind.

Preface to the Third Edition Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Introduction
Experience and Reality
The Unavoidability of the Philosophy of Mind
Science and Metaphysics
Metaphysics and Cognitive Science
A Look Ahead
Suggested Reading
Cartesian Dualism
Science and Philosophy
Descartes's Dualism
Substances, Attributes, Modes
The Metaphysics of Cartesian Dualism
Mind-Body Interaction
A Causally Closed Universe
Suggested Reading
Descartes's Legacy
Dualism without Interaction: Parallelism
Occasionalism
Causation and Occasionalism
Idealism
Mind and Meaning
Epiphenomenalism
Suggested Reading
Behaviorism
Moving Away from Dualism
Historical and Philosophical Background
Other Minds
The Beetle in the Box
Philosophical Behaviorism
Dispositions
Behavioral Analysis
Sensation
The Legacy of Philosophical Behaviorism
Intrinsic Characteristics
'Experimental Methods and Conceptual Confusion'
Psychological Behaviorism
The Demise of Behaviorism
Behavior
Suggested Reading
The Identity Theory
From Correlation to Identification
Parsimony
Self-Conscious Thought
Locating Mental Qualities
Substances, Properties, States, and Events
Predicates and Properties
Strict Identity
Leibniz's Law
The $64 Question
The Phenomenological Fallacy
Epistemological Loose Ends
Taking Stock
Suggested Reading
Functionalism
The Rise of Functionalism
The Functionalist Picture
Abstraction as Partial Consideration
Minds as Programs
Functional Explanation
Functionalist Metaphysics
Functionalism and Materialism
Functional Properties
Mental Properties as Functional Properties
Functionalism and Behaviorism
Characterizing Functional States
Functional Systems Generally
Moving Beyond Analogy
Suggested Reading
The Representational Theory of Mind
Mental Representation
Semantic Engines
Minds as Semantic Engines
The Turing Test
The Chinese Room
From Syntax to Semantics
Thinking as Computing
Levels of Description
From Taxonomy to Ontology
Layers of Reality
Suggested Reading
The Intentional Stance
Minds as Constructs
Taking a Stance
From Intentional Stance to Design Stance
From Design Stance to Physical Stance
The Emerging Picture
Thought and Language
Kinds of Mind
Consciousness
Searle's Objection
Suggested Reading
Eliminativism
From Instrumentalism to Eliminativism
Ontological Commitment
Theories and Theory Reduction
Stich's Argument
Prospects for Reduction or Elimination
Is Eliminativism Self-Refuting?
Suggested Reading
Consciousness
The Status of 'Raw Feels'
The Mystery of Consciousness
Qualities of Conscious Experiences
Zombies
Biting the Bullet
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
Emergence and Panpsychism
Representationalism
Consciousness as Higher-Order Representation
Explaining Consciousness
Suggested Reading
Non-Reductive Physicalism
From Substances to Properties
Substance Monism, Property Dualism
Mental Causation: Background Issues
Mental-Physical Supervenience
Causal Relevance
The Causal Relevance of Mental Properties
The Challenge of Causal Relevance
Jettisoning Higher-Level Properties
The Upshot
Suggested Reading
Metaphysics and Mind
The Status of Philosophies of Mind
Metaphysical Preliminaries
Substances and Properties
Universals
Properties as Particularized Ways
Powerful Qualities
Manifestations of Dispositions
Causality and Dispositionality
Complex Objects
Emergence
Levels of Being
Predicates and Properties
Properties, Realism, and Anti-Realism
Suggested Reading
The Mind's Place in Nature
Applied Metaphysics
Multiple Readability
An Alternative Approach
Higher-Level Properties
Causality and Ceteris Paribus Laws
Levels of Reality vs. Levels of Description
Zombies (Again)
Qualities of Conscious Experience
Neutral Monism
'Privileged Access'
Imagery and Intentionality
Putting Imagery to Work
Twin-Earth
Intentionality Delivered
Functionalism Adieu
D�nouement
Concluding Note
Suggested Reading
References
Index

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