The Science of the Mind / Edition 2

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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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Editorial Reviews

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 (
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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: 1,039,517
  • 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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Table of Contents

Foreword   Nancy Birdsall     ix
Introduction: Can't Take It Anymore?   William Easterly     1
The Power of Scientific Evaluation-and Why Isn't it Done More Often?     45
Making Aid Work   Abhijit Banerjee   Ruimin He     47
Use of Randomization in the Evaluation of Development Effectiveness   Esther Duflo   Michael Kremer     93
It Pays to Be Ignorant: A Simple Political Economy of Rigorous Program Evaluation   Lant Pritchett     121
The Problems of Aid-Financed Delivery of Public Services: The Gordian Knot of the State     145
Solutions When the Solution Is the Problem: Arraying the Disarray in Development   Lant Pritchett   Michael Woolcock     147
Donors and Service Delivery   Ritva Reinikka     179
The Illusion of Sustainability   Michael Kremer   Edward Miguel     201
An Aid-Institutions Paradox? A Review Essay on Aid Dependency and State Building in Sub-Saharan Africa   Todd Moss   Gunilla Pettersson   Nicolas van de Walle     255
Dysfunctional Donors and How to Reform Them     283
Why Do Aid Agencies Exist?   Bertin Martens     285
Absorption Capacity and Disbursement Constraints   Jakob Svensson     311
Donor Fragmentation   Stephen Knack   Aminur Rahman     333
The IMF and World Bank     349
The IMF and Economic Development   James Raymond Vreeland     351
The Knowledge Bank   Jonathan Morduch     377
Debt Relief and Fiscal Sustainability for Heavily Indebted Poor Countries   Craig Burnside   Domenico Fanizza     399
Imagining New Forms of Foreign Aid     415
Making Vaccines Pay   Michael Kremer     417
Can We Build a Better Mousetrap? Three New Institutions Designed to Improve Aid Effectiveness   Steven Radelet   Ruth Levine     431
Competing with Central Planning: Marketplaces for International Aid   Dennis Whittle   Mari Kuraishi     461
Placing Enterprise and Business Thinking at the Heart of the War on Poverty   Kurt Hoffman     485
In Conclusion: The Big Picture     503
Avoid Hubris: And Other Lessons for Reformers   John McMillan     505
Seven Deadly Sins: Reflections on Donor Failings   Nancy Birdsall     515
Contributors     553
Index     555
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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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