Teach Yourself Philosophy of Mind

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From Plato's cave to Dennett's emergent systems, Teach Yourself Philosophy of Mind explores more than two millennia of thought on the knottiest of all philosophical questions. What is the mind? Is it a function of language, a neuropsychological artifact, or a metaphysical essence? Will machines ever be conscious? Is free will just an illusion? Beginning with the pre-Socratics and moving up through the latest in cognitive science, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence, this book explores major thinking on ...

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From Plato's cave to Dennett's emergent systems, Teach Yourself Philosophy of Mind explores more than two millennia of thought on the knottiest of all philosophical questions. What is the mind? Is it a function of language, a neuropsychological artifact, or a metaphysical essence? Will machines ever be conscious? Is free will just an illusion? Beginning with the pre-Socratics and moving up through the latest in cognitive science, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence, this book explores major thinking on consciousness, memory, creativity, and other major concepts in the philosophy of mind.

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Mel Thompson is a freelance writer and editor, specializing in Philosophy, Religion and Ethics.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
01 From the Greeks to the sixteenth century 5
An immortal soul? 7
Making us what we are 10
Later Greek thought 14
The soul and its fate 17
02 Dualism and its alternatives 19
Dualism 20
Materialism and behaviourism 28
Idealism 36
The Ghost in the Machine 38
Supervenience 44
A new approach 47
03 Cognitive science 48
Psychology 51
Language and innate knowledge 52
Neuroscience 56
Evolutionary psychology 58
Functionalism 62
Artificial intelligence 65
The Chinese Room 75
Intentionality 78
04 Mind and the theory of knowledge 83
To know is to remember 84
Mind and certainty 85
We see it our way 88
Innateness 89
The phenomenological fallacy 91
Pragmatism and Gestalt 93
05 Personal identity and memory 96
Social and role identity 100
Memory 103
Worrying 106
Zombies 108
06 Knowledge of other minds 111
The structuralist approach 113
Brains 114
Ways of knowing 115
Are we alone? 119
Knowing me 121
Are you in my world? 122
07 Free will and action 124
Freedom and physical causality 125
The experience of freedom 131
Actions, intentions and beliefs 133
08 Consciousness 135
Conscious brains? 139
Disembodied consciousness 142
An existentialist view 145
09 The creative mind 148
Too narrow a view? 149
Religion and metaphysics 152
The creative arts 155
A Buddhist perspective 156
And sometimes I just sit... 158
Glossary 160
Taking it further 162
Further reading 162
Websites 163
Index 165
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