Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction / Edition 2

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Overview

Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction is a comprehensive and accessible survey of main themes, positions and debates in philosophy of mind. John Heil introduces and discusses the major topics in succinct, user-friendly, self-contained chapters:

* Cartesian dualism
* Descartes's legacy
* non-Cartesian dualism
* behaviorism
* the identity theory
* functionalism
* the representational theory of mind
* qualia
* radical interpretation
* the intentional stance
* eliminativism
* property dualism
* mind and metaphysics
* the mind's place in nature

This revised and updated edition includes expanded chapters on eliminativism, qualia, and the representational theory of mind, and an entirely new chapter on property dualism. There are annotated suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter, updated to include recent material and internet resources.

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Meet the Author

John Heil is Professor of Philosophy at Washington University, US, and Professor of Philosophy at Monash University, Australia. His previous publications include The Nature of True Minds (1992) and From an Ontological Perspective (2003).

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Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Science and metaphysics 6
A look ahead 8
Ch. 2 Descartes's legacy 13
Cartesian dualism 16
Modifying Cartesian dualism 26
Non-Cartesian dualism 40
Taking stock 47
Ch. 3 Varieties of materialism: Behaviorism and psychophysical identity 51
Behaviorism 54
The identity theory 71
Taking stock 84
Ch. 4 Functionalism and the Representational Theory of Mind 87
The functionalist picture 90
Elements of functionalism 95
The Representational Theory of Mind 104
The layered view of the world 114
"Qualia" 121
Ch. 5 Interpretational theories of mind and eliminativism 129
Davidson and the propositional attitudes 132
Dennett and the intentional stance 154
Eliminativism 168
Ch. 6 Minds and their place in nature 173
Metaphysical background 176
Applying the view 197
Denouement 219
Bibliography 227
Index 233
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