The Philosophy of Mind and Cognition: An Introduction / Edition 2

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The philosophy of mind and cognition has been transformed by recent advances in what is loosely called cognitive science. This book is a thoroughly up-to-date introduction to and account of that transformation, in which the many strands in contemporary cognitive science are brought together into a coherent philosophical picture of the mind. The book begins with discussions of the pre-history of contemporary philosophy of mind - dualism, behaviourism, and early versions of the identity theory of mind - and moves through discussions of functionalism in its many varieties, consciousness and qualia, instrumentalism and the autonomy of psychology, to topics such as eliminative materialism, individualism and the problems of content and representation. The synoptic nature of the discussion makes it ideal as the foundation of an undergraduate or graduate course in the philosophy of mind.
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'... a very thorough volume: almost every topic falling under the mind/body problem is taken up and addressed in an up-to-date fashion.' -- Professor William G. Lycan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405133241
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/15/2008
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

David Braddon-Mitchell is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Auckland. Frank Jackson is Professor of Philosophy at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University.
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Table of Contents

1 The Flight from Dualism 3
2 Behaviourism and Beyond 29
3 Common-sense Functionalism 41
4 Theory of Reference 61
5 Empirical Functionalisms 79
6 The Identity Theory 91
7 Three Challenges to Functionalism 104
8 Phenomenal Qualities and Consciousness 122
9 Instrumentalism and Interpretationism 144
10 The Language of Thought 161
11 Content 176
12 Broad and Narrow Content 211
13 Eliminative Materialism 239
14 Psychological Explanation and Common-sense Functionalism 255
Glossary 267
Bibliography 282
Index 287
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