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Overview


"The philosophy of mind is unique among contemporary philosophical subjects," writes John Searle, "in that all of the most famous and influential theories are false." In Mind, Searle dismantles these famous and influential theories as he presents a vividly written, comprehensive introduction to the mind.
Here readers will find one of the world's most eminent thinkers shedding light on the central concern of modern philosophy. Searle begins with a look at the twelve problems of philosophy of mind--which he calls "Descartes and Other Disasters"--problems which he returns to throughout the volume, as he illuminates such topics as the freedom of the will, the actual operation of mental causation, the nature and functioning of the unconscious, the analysis of perception, and the concept of the self. One of the key chapters is on the mind-body problem, which Searle analyzes brilliantly. He argues that all forms of consciousness--from feeling thirsty to wondering how to translate Mallarmé--are caused by the behavior of neurons and are realized in the brain system, which is itself composed of neurons. But this does not mean that consciousness is nothing but neuronal behavior. The main point of having the concept of consciousness, Searle points out, is to capture the first person subjective features of the phenomenon and this point is lost if we redefine consciousness in third person objective terms.
Described as a "dragonslayer by temperament," John Searle offers here a refreshingly direct and open discussion of philosophy, one that skewers accepted wisdom even as it offers striking new insights into the nature of consciousness and the mind.
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"Every thinking person concerned about the mind and its place in the world should own a copy.... It is difficult to convey in a few sentences the forcefulness and common sense of Searle's position, which he labels biological naturalism. A believer in the scientific method, he accepts no mysticism or denial of the obvious. Whether Searle has truly untangled the Gordian knot of the mind-body problem remains to be seen. But his views are compatible with everything we know about the world and consciousness.... Easy to read, the book keeps philosophical jargon to a minimum. Pound per pound, you don't get much better value." --Cristof Koch, Science

"An often-fascinating look into a subject we all know intimately--but that even the experts don't fully understand."--Kirkus Reviews

"A chatty gloss on the traditional arguments for separating the human mind from its biology and his own account of this same mind as occurring as a part of nature itself.... A timely book for general collections."--Library Journal

"Searle has written a forceful, clear, accessible and fascinating introductory book that explains much more convincingly than anything else his iconoclastic view that both materialism and dualism are false. Searle vigorously explores the big issues in philosophy of mind, always keeping the deepest intuitions about the mind in focus." --Ned Block, New York University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195157345
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Series: Fundamentals of Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 584,748
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John R. Searle is Mills Professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of many books, including The Rediscovery of the Mind, The Mystery of Consciousness, Mind, Language and Society, Philosophy in the Real World, and Consciousness and Language.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Why I Wrote This Book
1. A Dozen Problems in the Philosophy of Mind
2. The Turn to Materialism
3. Arguments against Materialism
4. Consciousness Part I: Consciousness and the Mind-Body Problem
5. Consciousness Part II: The Structure of Consciousness and Neurobiology
6. Intentionality
7. Mental Causation
8. Free Will
9. The Unconscious and the Explanation of Behavior
10. Perception
11. The Self
Epilogue: Philosophy and the Scientific World-View
Notes
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index

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