Elements of Mind: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind / Edition 1

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Elements of Mind provides a unique introduction to the main problems and debates in contemporary philosophy of mind. Author Tim Crane opposes those currently popular conceptions of the mind that divide mental phenomena into two very different kinds (the intentional and the qualitative) and proposes instead a challenging and unified theory of all the phenomena of mind. In light of this theory, Crane engages students with the central problems of the philosophy of mind--the mind-body problem, the problem of intentionality (or mental representation), the problem of consciousness, and the problem of perception--and attempts to find solutions to these problems. A fresh and engaging exploration of the main issues in the philosophy of mind, Elements of Mind is easily accessible to students with no background in the subject.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192892973
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 10/25/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Crane is the Director of the Philosophy Programme at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Mind 1
1 Philosophy of mind and the study of mental phenomena 1
2 Perspectives and points of view 4
3 Perspectives and their objects 6
4 The origin of the concepts of intentionality and intension 8
5 Directedness and intentional objects 13
6 Aspectual shape and intentional content 18
7 The problem of intentionality 22
8 The structure of intentionality 28
Ch. 2 Body 34
9 Interaction between mind and body 34
10 Substance, property, event 35
11 The 'intelligibility' of mental causation 40
12 Physics and physicalism 43
13 The problem of mental causation for dualists 48
14 The identity theory 51
15 Reductionism 54
16 Against the identity theory: anti-reductionism 55
17 The problem of mental causation for non-reductive physicalism 59
18 Emergence 62
19 Physicalism as the source of the mind-body problem 66
20 What does a solution to the mind-body problem tell us about the mind? 68
Ch. 3 Consciousness 70
21 The conscious and the unconscious 70
22 The distinction between the intentional and the qualitative 74
23 Qualia 76
24 The intentionality of bodily sensation 78
25 Strong intentionalism and weak intentionalism 83
26 Physicalism, consciousness, and qualia 88
27 The explanatory gap 91
28 The knowledge argument examined 93
29 Zombies 99
30 The prospects for explaining consciousness 101
Ch. 4 Thought 102
31 Thoughts and beliefs 102
32 Consciousness and belief 105
33 Propositional attitudes 108
34 The propositional attitude thesis 112
35 De re and de dicto attitudes 114
36 Internalism and externalism 117
37 The argument for externalism 121
38 Demonstrative thought 126
39 The prospects for explaining thought 128
Ch. 5 Perception 130
40 The problem of perception 130
41 The argument from illusion 132
42 Perception as a form of intentionality 137
43 The phenomenal character of perceptual experience 140
44 Inverted spectrum, Inverted Earth 145
45 Perception as non-conceptual 150
Endnotes 157
References 169
Index 179
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