The Science of the Mind / Edition 2

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Overview

Consciousness emerges as the key topic in this second edition of Owen Flanagan's popular introduction to cognitive science and the philosophy of psychology. in a new chapter Flanagan develops a neurophilosophical theory of subjective mental life. He brings recent developments in the theory of neuronal group selection and connectionism to bear on the problems of the evolution of consciousness, qualia, the unique first-personal aspects of consciousness, the causal role of consciousness, and the function and development of the sense of personal identity. He has also substantially revised the chapter on cognitive psychology and artificial intelligence to incorporate recent discussions of connectionism and parallel distributed processing.

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The new edition (first, 1984) of this introduction to cognitive science and the philosophy of psychology brings recent developments in the theory of neuronal group selection and connectionism to bear on various problems connected with consciousness and identity. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262560566
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 3/5/1991
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 440
  • Sales rank: 1,505,938
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Owen Flanagan is James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy at Duke University. He is the author of Consciousness Reconsidered and The Really Hard Problem: Meaning in a Material World, both published by the MIT Press, and other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2002

    Good Intro to Philosophical Psychology and Cognitive Science

    I'm an undergraduate student in Cognitive Science and I think this book provides a really good introduction to the major philosophical issues involved in Psychology and Cognitive Science. Flanagan discusses at length dualism, James, Freud, behavorism, Piaget, cog science/artificial intelligence, sociobiology, and offers the beginnings for a theory of consciousness. The book is a bit lacking in its discussion of epiphenominalism, but is overall a great introductory text for a beginning college student or interested adult.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2001

    Great for the individual or college coursework

    This was a required book in a graduate course I took (advanced general psychology). It is a must read for anyone interested in the mind/body problem. It starts with Descartes and runs through the present approaches. It is very philosophical in its treatment of the scientific approaches to the mind/body question. It is also very thorough and accurate in its explainations of difficult material. Its longest sections deal with artificial intelligence(AI). Many AI views are covered in a scientific manner but not to the point the more philosophical reader would loss interest. It has good sections also on behaviorism and sociobilogy.

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