Readings in Philosophy of Psychology / Edition 1

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In this introduction to the philosophical problems underlying the modern study of mind and behavior, Ned Block has collected the most important papers by the major figures in the field. He provides the only central reference work now available for scholars and students in this growing area of inquiry. Volume I covers general approaches to the study of the mind: behaviorism, reductionism, and functionalism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674748781
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1981
  • Series: Language and Thought Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ned Block is Professor of Philosophy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Table of Contents

Introduction. What Is Philosophy of Psychology?

Ned Block

Part One: Behaviorism

Introduction: Behaviorism

Harris Savin

1. The Logical Analysis of Psychology

Carl G. Hempel

2. Brains and Behavior

Hilary Putnam

3. Selections from Science and Human Behavior

B. F. Skinner

4. A Review of B. F. Skinner's Verbal Behavior

Noam Chomsky

Part Two: Reductionism and Physicalism

Materialism without Reductionism: What Physicalism Does Not Entail

Richard Boyd

5. Mental Events

Donald Davidson

6. Special Sciences, or The Disunity of Science as a Working Hypothesis

Jerry A. Fodor

7. Philosophy and Our Mental Life

Hilary Putnam

8. Excerpt from "Identity and Necessity"

Saul A. Kripke

9. Identity, Necessity, and Events

Fred Feldman

10. Anomalous Monism and Kripke's Cartesian Intuitions

Cohn McGinn

11. What Is It Like to Be a Bat?

Thomas Nagel

Part Three: Functionalism

Introduction: What Is Functionalism?

Ned Block

Functional Analysis

12. Functional Analysis

Robert Cummins

Functional Specification

13. The Nature of Mind

D. M. Armstrong

14. Armstrong on the Mind

Thomas Nagel

15. Psychophysical and Theoretical Identifications

David Lewis

16. Mad Pain and Martian Pain

David Lewis

Functional State Identity Theory

17. The Natureof Mental States

Hilary Putnam

18. Review of Putnam

David Lewis

19. Physicalism and the Multiple Realizability of Mental States

Jaegwon Kim

20. What Psychological States Are Not

Ned Block and Jerry A. Fodor

21. Functionalism and Qualia

Sydney Shoemaker

22. Troubles with Functionalism

Ned Block


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