Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings / Edition 1

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What is the mind? Is consciousness a process in the brain? How do our minds represent the world?

Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings is a grand tour of writings on these and other perplexing questions about the nature of the mind. The most comprehensive collection of its kind, the book includes sixty-three selections that range from the classical contributions of Descartes to the leading edge of contemporary debates. Extensive sections cover foundational issues, the nature of consciousness, and the nature of mental content. Three of the selections are published here for the first time, while many other articles have been revised especially for this volume. Each section opens with an introduction by the editor. Philosophy of Mind is suitable for students at all levels and also for general readers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195145816
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/25/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 367,631
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

A. Dualism
1. Meditations on First Philosophy (II and VI), René Descartes
2. Passions of the Soul (Excerpt), René Descartes
3. On the Hypothesis That Animals Are Automata, and Its History (Excerpt), Thomas H. Huxley
4. An Unfortunate Dualist, Raymond M. Smullyan
B. Behaviorism
5. Descartes' Myth, Gilbert Ryle
6. Psychology in Physical Language (Excerpt), Rudolf Carnap
7. Brains and Behavior, Hilary Putnam
C. The Identity Theory
8. Is Consciousness a Brain Process?, U. T. Place
9. Sensations and Brain Processes, J. J. C. Smart
10. The "Mental" and the "Physical" (Excerpt), Herbert Feigl
D. Functionalism
11. The Nature of Mental States, Hilary Putnam
12. The Causal Theory of the Mind, D. M. Armstrong
13. Psychophysical and Theoretical Identifications, David Lewis
14. Troubles with Functionalism (Excerpt), Ned Block
15. Pseudonormal Vision: An Actual Case of Qualia Inversion?, Martine Nida-Rümelin
E. Other Psychophysical Relations
16. Mechanism and Its Alternatives (Excerpt), C. D. Broad
17. Mental Events, Donald Davidson
18. Special Sciences (or: The Disunity of Science as a Working Hypothesis), Jerry A. Fodor
19. Multiple Realization and the Metaphysics of Reduction, Jaegwon Kim
20. From Supervenience to Superdupervenience: Meeting the Demands of a Material World (Excerpt), Terence Horgan
21. Finding the Mind in the Natural World, Frank Jackson
F. Mental Causation
22. The Many Problems of Mental Causation (Excerpt), Jaegwon Kim
23. Mental Causation, Stephen Yablo
A. General
24. Concepts of Consciousness, Ned Block
25. What Is It Like to Be a Bat?, Thomas Nagel
26. Quining Qualia, Daniel C. Dennett
27. Consciousness and Its Place in Nature, David J. Chalmers
B. The Knowledge Argument
28. Epiphenomenal Qualia, Frank Jackson
29. What Experience Teaches, David Lewis
30. Phenomenal States (Second Version), Brian Loar
31. Two Conceptions of the Physical, Daniel Stoljar
C. Modal Arguments
32. Naming and Necessity (Excerpt), Saul A. Kripke
33. Imaginability, Conceivability, Possibility and the Mind-Body Problem (Excerpt), Christopher S. Hill
34. Rigid Designators and Mind-Brain Identity (Excerpt), Grover Maxwell
D. The Explanatory Gap
35. Materialism and Qualia: The Explanatory Gap, Joseph Levine
36. The Rediscovery of Light, Paul M. Churchland
37. Conceptual Analysis, Dualism, and the Explanatory Gap, Ned Block and Robert Stalnaker
38. Can We Solve the Mind-Body Problem?, Colin McGinn
E. Higher-Order Thought and Representationalism
39. Explaining Consciousness, David M. Rosenthal
40. Conscious Experience, Fred Dretske
41. Sensation and the Content of Experience: A Distinction, Christopher Peacocke
42. Visual Qualia and Visual Content Revisited, Michael Tye
43. Introspection and Phenomenal Character, Sydney Shoemaker
A. The Nature of Intentionality
44. The Distinction between Mental and Physical Phenomena (Excerpt), Franz Brentano
45. "Intentional Inexistence" (Excerpt), Roderick M. Chisholm
46. A Recipe for Thought, Fred Dretske
47. Biosemantics, Ruth Garrett Millikan
48. Reasoning and Representing, Robert Brandom
49. The Intentionality of Phenomenology and the Phenomenology of Intentionality, Terence Horgan and John Tienson
B. Propositional Attitudes
50. Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind (Excerpt), Wilfrid Sellars
51. Propositional Attitudes, Jerry A. Fodor
52. True Believers: The Intentional Strategy and Why It Works, Daniel C. Dennett
53. Eliminative Materialism and the Propositional Attitudes, Paul M. Churchland
C. Internalism and Externalism
54. The Meaning of "Meaning" (Excerpt), Hilary Putnam
55. Individualism and the Mental (Excerpt), Tyler Burge
56. The Components of Content (Revised Version), David J. Chalmers
57. Anti-Individualism and Privileged Access, Michael McKinsey
58. What an Anti-Individualist Knows A Priori, Anthony Brueckner
59. The Extended Mind, Andy Clark and David J. Chalmers
60. Reductionism and Personal Identity, Derek Parfit
61. Freedom and Necessity, A. J. Ayer
62. Analogy, Bertrand Russell
63. Can Computers Think?, John R. Searle

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