Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction

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John Heil offers a conception of mind grounded in a metaphysical account of the contents of the world. He gives readers a guided tour of the most prominent account of nature of the mind, including dualism, behaviorist, and functionalist, and a critical assessment of

recent trends in the subject.

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Overview

John Heil offers a conception of mind grounded in a metaphysical account of the contents of the world. He gives readers a guided tour of the most prominent account of nature of the mind, including dualism, behaviorist, and functionalist, and a critical assessment of

recent trends in the subject.

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John Heil’s book is the very best of its kind and is a masterly achievement, managing to stay clear, accessible and engaging without sacrificing either intellectual rigor or philosophical depth. The new additions bring readers right up to date with the latest trends and ideas.

-E. J. Lowe, Durham University

Heil’s introduction encourages students to engage the philosophy of mind with the penetrating attitude of a true metaphysician. This third edition features new content, including the topic of panpsychism, which has enjoyed renewed interest from philosophers of mind. These new materials are presented with the same ontological seriousness and accessibility that has made previous editions so attractive. Anyone teaching the philosophy of mind using a previous edition of Heil’s text will find this latest edition a worthy update to their course.

-Joseph A. Baltimore, West Virginia University

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Meet the Author

John Heil is Professor of Philosophy at Washington University in Saint Lous. His previous publications include The Universe as We Find It (2012) and From an Ontological Point of View (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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