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Philosophy of Mind: A Beginner's Guide / Edition 1

Philosophy of Mind: A Beginner's Guide / Edition 1

by Ian Ravenscroft
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199252548

ISBN-13: 9780199252541

Pub. Date: 04/28/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Designed specifically for students with no background knowledge in the subject, this accessible introduction covers all of the basic concepts and major theories in the philosophy of mind. Topics discussed include dualism, behaviorism, the identity theory, functionalism, the computational theory of mind, connectionism, physicalism, mental causation, and

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Designed specifically for students with no background knowledge in the subject, this accessible introduction covers all of the basic concepts and major theories in the philosophy of mind. Topics discussed include dualism, behaviorism, the identity theory, functionalism, the computational theory of mind, connectionism, physicalism, mental causation, and consciousness. The text is enhanced by chapter summaries, a glossary, suggestions for further reading, and self-assessment questions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199252541
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
827,925
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.50(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
PART 1. WHAT ARE MENTAL STATES?
1. Dualism
1.1 Substance dualism
1.2 Arguments in favor of substance dualism
1.3 Arguments against substance dualism
1.4 Property dualism
1.5 Assessing epiphenomenalism
1.6 Conclusion
2. Behaviorism
2.1 Philosophical behaviorism
2.2 Arguments in favor of philosophical behaviorism
2.3 Arguments against philosophical behaviorism
2.4 What is methodological behaviorism?
2.5 Arguments for methodological behaviorism
2.6 Arguments against methodological behaviorism
3. The identity theory
3.1 More about the identity theory
3.2 Arguments in favor of the identity theory
3.3 Evidence from deficit studies
3.4 Arguments against the identity theory
3.5 Reductive and nonreductive physicalism
3.6 Conclusion
4. Functionalism
4.1 Introducing functionalism
4.2 Functionalism and brain states
4.3 Functionalism and the six features of mental states
4.4 Two famous arguments against functionalism
4.5 Conclusion
5. Eliminativism and fictionalism
5.1 From theory to reality
5.2 Introducing eliminativism
5.3 Eliminativism about mental states
5.4 Anti-eliminativist arguments
5.5 Fictionalism
5.6 Conclusion
PART 2. MIND AS MACHINE
6. The computational theory of mind
6.1 Syntax and semantics
6.2 What's a computer?
6.3 Turing machines
6.4 The computational theory of mind
6.5 The language of thought
6.6 The Chinese room
6.7 Conclusion
7. Connectionism
7.1 What connectionist networks are like
7.2 Some important properties of connectionist networks
7.3 Connectionism and the mind
7.4 Rationality, language, systematicity
7.5 Conclusion
PART 3. MIND IN A PHYSICAL WORLD
8. Physicalism and supervenience
8.1 Physical properties
8.2 Introducing the supervenience approach to physicalism
8.3 Refining the supervenience approach to physicalism
8.4 A problem for the supervenience approach to physicalism?
9. Content
9.1 The resemblance theory
9.2 The causal theory
9.3 The teleological theory
9.4 Fodor's theory
9.5 Functional role theory
9.6 Wide or narrow?
10. Mental causation
10.1 The problem of causal exclusion
10.2 Responding to the problem of causal exclusion
10.3 The causal efficacy of content
10.4 Responding to the problem of the causal efficacy of content
PART 4. CONSCIOUSNESS
11. Varieties of consciousness
11.1 Phenomenal consciousness
11.2 Access consciousness
11.3 Is access a function of phenomenal consciousness?
11.4 Avoiding confusion
11.5 Other kinds of consciousness
12. Phenomenal consciousness
12.1 The knowledge argument
12.2 Responding to the knowledge argument
12.3 The explanatory gap
12.4 Can the explanatory gap be filled?
12.5 Functionalism and phenomenal consciousness
12.6 Concluding remarks
Appendix: Paper writing tips
Glossary
Some useful resources
References
Index

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