Mechanical Mind A Philosophical Introduction to Minds, Machines and Mental Representation

ISBN-10: 0415290317

ISBN-13: 9780415290319

Edition: 2nd 2003 (Revised)

Authors: Tim Crane

List price: $33.95
30 day, 100% satisfaction guarantee

If an item you ordered from TextbookRush does not meet your expectations due to an error on our part, simply fill out a return request and then return it by mail within 30 days of ordering it for a full refund of item cost.

Learn more about our returns policy


Tim Crane introduces fundamental topics that cut across philosophy of mind, artificial inteligence & cognitive science: what the mind-body problem is, what a computer is & how it works, what a thought is & how computers & minds represent them. Fully updated in this second edition.
what's this?
Rush Rewards U
Members Receive:
You have reached 400 XP and carrot coins. That is the daily max!
Study Briefs

Limited time offer: Get the first one free! (?)

All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.

Add to cart
Study Briefs
Periodic Table Online content $4.95 $1.99
Add to cart
Study Briefs
Medical Terminology Online content $4.95 $1.99
Add to cart
Study Briefs
Medical Math Online content $4.95 $1.99
Customers also bought

Book details

List price: $33.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 7/3/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Tim Crane is Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge.

List of figures
Preface to the first edition
Preface to the second edition
Introduction: the mechanical mind
The mechanical world picture
The mind
The puzzle of representation
The idea of representation
Pictures and resemblance
Linguistic representation
Mental representation
Thought and consciousness
Brentano's thesis
Conclusion: from representation to the mind
Further reading
Understanding thinkers and their thoughts
The mind-body problem
Understanding other minds
The causal picture of thoughts
Common-sense psychology
The science of thought: elimination or vindication?
Theory versus simulation
Conclusion: from representation to computation
Further reading
Computers and thought
Asking the right questions
Computation, functions and algorithms
Turing machines
Coding and symbols
Instantiating a function and computing a function
Automatic algorithms
Thinking computers?
Artificial intelligence
Can thinking be captured by rules and representations?
The Chinese room
Conclusion: can a computer think?
Further reading
The mechanisms of thought
Cognition, computation and functionalism
The language of thought
Syntax and semantics
The argument for the language of thought
The modularity of mind
Problems for the language of thought
'Brainy' computers
Conclusion: does computation explain representation?
Further reading
Explaining mental representation
Reduction and definition
Conceptual and naturalistic definitions
Causal theories of mental representation
The problem of error
Mental representation and success in action
Mental representation and biological function
Evolution and the mind
Against reduction and definition
Conclusion: can representation be reductively explained?
Further reading
Consciousness and the mechanical mind
The story so far
Consciousness, 'what it's like' and qualia
Consciousness and physicalism
The limits of scientific knowledge
Conclusion: what do the problems of consciousness tell us about the mechanical mind?
Further reading
The mechanical mind: a chronology
Free shipping on orders over $35*

*A minimum purchase of $35 is required. Shipping is provided via FedEx SmartPost® and FedEx Express Saver®. Average delivery time is 1 – 5 business days, but is not guaranteed in that timeframe. Also allow 1 - 2 days for processing. Free shipping is eligible only in the continental United States and excludes Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico. FedEx service marks used by permission."Marketplace" orders are not eligible for free or discounted shipping.

Learn more about the TextbookRush Marketplace.