Minds and Bodies: An Introduction with Readings / Edition 1

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Overview

Minds and Bodies is a clear introduction to the mind-body problem. It requires no prior philosophical knowledge and is ideally suited to newcomers to philosophy and philosophy of mind.
Robert Wilkinson carefully introduces the fundamental components of the philosophy of mind: Descartes's dualist account of mind and body; monist views including eliminativism; computer science and artificial intelligence. Each chapter is linked to a reading from key thinkers in the field, from Descartes to Paul Churchland.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415212403
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Series: Philosophy and the Human Situation Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Wilkinson teaches at the Open University in Scotland. His previous publications include Thirty-five Oriental Philosophers (Routledge, 1994).

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Table of Contents

Contents; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Dualism; 3. Monism; 4. Artificial Intelligence; 5. Conclusion; Revision Test; Readings; Reading 1 "Meditation I" by Rene Descartes; Reading 2 "Meditation II" by Rene Descartes; Reading 3 "Meditation VI" by Rene Descartes; Reading 4 "The passions of the soul, Pt I, Articles 30; 31;32;34 by Rene Descartes; Reading 5 "Sensations and brain process" by J.J.C. Smart; Reading 6 "The mind-body problem" by Sydney Shoemaker; Reading 7 "Eliminative materialism and the propositional attitudes" by Paul M. Churchland; Reading 8 "Is the brain's mind a computer program?" by John R. Searle; Reading 9 "Consciousness and objective reality" by Thomas Nagel; Answers to revision test; Bibliography; Index
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