The Philosophy of Mind: Classical Problems/Contemporary Issues / Edition 2

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The Philosophy of Mind remains the only sourcebook of primary readings offering in-depth coverage of both historical works and contemporary controversies in philosophy of mind. This second edition provides expanded treatment of classical as well as current topics, with many additional readings and a new section on mental content. The writers included range from Aristotle, Descartes, and William James to such leading contemporary thinkers as Noam Chomsky, Paul and Patricia Churchland, and Jaegwon Kim. The 83 selections provide a thorough survey of five areas of enduring controversy: the mind-body problem, mental causation, mental content, innatism and modularity, and associationism and connectionism. Each section includes an introductory overview of the topic by the editors as well as suggestions for further reading.

The selections added for the second edition serve both to enhance historical coverage and to update contemporary issues, especially in areas of current empirical research such as connectionism and innatism. Changes to historical coverage include a wider array of readings on classic positions as well as neglected precursors to views often considered recent innovations. The section on the mind-body problem in particular has been greatly expanded, including numerous selections on consciousness and phenomenal qualities (qualia). The book is ideal for both undergraduate and graduate courses in philosophy and the history of psychology and will be useful both as a reference for researchers and a self-contained survey for the general reader.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262524513
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1080
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Beakley is Professor of Philosophy at Eastern Illinois University. He is the translator of Phenomenology by Jean-Fran├žois Lyotard.

Peter Ludlow, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, is the author of Semantics, Tense, and Time: An Essay in the Metaphysics of Natural Language (MIT Press, 1999), among other books, and the editor of Crypto Anarchy, Cyberstates, and Pirate Utopias (MIT Press, 2001) and High Noon on the Electronic Frontier (MIT Press,1996).

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Table of Contents

Sources and Acknowledgments
Pt. I The Mind/Body Problem
Introduction 3
Ch. 1 From Metaphysics, book 7, and On the Soul, book 2 7
Ch. 2 Of Sense 11
Ch. 3 From Meditations II and VI and from Reply to Objections II 13
Ch. 4 From The Principles of Human Knowledge 15
Ch. 5 Of the Laws of Mind 19
Ch. 6 Descartes' Myth 23
Ch. 7 Is Consciousness a Brain Process? 33
Ch. 8 From "Identity and Necessity" 41
Ch. 9 From Language and Problems of Knowledge 47
Ch. 10 The Nature of Mental States 51
Ch. 11 Reductionism and Antireductionism in Functionalist Theories of Mind 59
Ch. 12 Troubles with Functionalism 69
Ch. 13 Philosophy and Our Mental Life 91
Pt. II Mental Causation
Introduction 103
Ch. 14 From The Phaedo 107
Ch. 15 From Passions of the Soul 109
Ch. 16 From "The Union of Soul and Body" 115
Ch. 17 The Nature and Communication of Substances 119
Ch. 18 The Third Antinomy 123
Ch. 19 On the Hypothesis That Animals Are Automata 133
Ch. 20 Mental Events 137
Ch. 21 Making Mind Matter More 151
Pt. III Mental Imagery
Introduction 169
Ch. 22 That the Soul Never Thinks without an Image 173
Ch. 23 Of Imagination 175
Ch. 24 From Meditation VI and from Objection IV and Reply 179
Ch. 25 Of the Ideas of the Memory and Imagination 181
Ch. 26 Imagination 183
Ch. 27 The Modern Psychology of Thinking 193
Ch. 28 Image in Behavior 199
Ch. 29 "The Theory of Special Status Pictures" and "Imagining" 203
Ch. 30 The Nature of Images and the Introspective Trap 211
Ch. 31 Mental Rotation of Three-Dimensional Objects 217
Ch. 32 Scanning Visual Mental Images: The First Phase of the Debate 223
Ch. 33 Tacit Knowledge and "Mental Scanning" 229
Ch. 34 Demand Characteristics?: The Second Phase of the Debate 241
Pt. IV Associationism/Connectionism
Introduction 245
Ch. 35 Of the Consequence or Train of Imaginations 247
Ch. 36 Of the Association of Ideas 251
Ch. 37 Of the Connection or Association of Ideas 255
Ch. 38 The Principal Investigations of Psychology Characterised 257
Ch. 39 The Elementary Law of Association 261
Ch. 40 The Appeal of Parallel Distributed Processing 269
Ch. 41 Connectionism and Cognitive Architecture: A Critical Analysis 289
Ch. 42 The Constituent Structure of Connectionist Mental States: A Reply to Fodor and Pylyshyn 325
Ch. 43 One AI or Many? 345
Pt. V Innate Ideas
Introduction 355
Ch. 44 From The Meno 357
Ch. 45 From "Comments on a Certain Broadsheet" 365
Ch. 46 No Innate Principles in the Mind 367
Ch. 47 The Psychogenesis of Knowledge and Its Epistemological Significance 377
Ch. 48 How There Could Be a Private Language and What It Must Be Like 385
Ch. 49 On Cognitive Structures and Their Development: A Reply to Piaget 393
Ch. 50 What Is Innate and Why: Comments on the Debate 397
Ch. 51 Discussion of Putnam's Comments 411
Ch. 52 Reply to Putnam 423
Index 427
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