ISBN-10:
0262024756
ISBN-13:
9780262024754
Pub. Date:
03/27/2000
Publisher:
MIT Press
Knowledge and Mind: A Philosophical Introduction

Knowledge and Mind: A Philosophical Introduction

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ISBN-13: 9780262024754
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 03/27/2000
Series: A Bradford Book
Pages: 269
Sales rank: 589,402
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Andrew Brook is Professor of Philosophy, Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, and Chair of the Cognitive Science Program at Carleton University, Ottawa.

Robert J. Stainton is Professor of Philosophy and Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Western Ontario.

Table of Contents

Preface for Instructorsix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Chapter 1Introduction to Philosophy, Knowledge, and Mind1
1Epistemology1
2Philosophy of Mind3
3Epilogue: Arguments, Philosophical and Otherwise5
Study Questions11
Suggested Further Readings11
Part IKnowledge13
Chapter 2Knowing the External World15
1A Skeptical Argument15
2Objections to External-World Skepticism and Replies20
3Epilogue: The Gettier "Paradox" and Knowledge as Justified True Belief29
Study Questions31
Suggested Further Readings31
Chapter 3Knowledge of Language33
1The Nature of Linguistic Knowledge33
2The Acquisition of Linguistic Knowledge42
3Language and Thought49
4A Universal Language of Thought (LOT)?54
5Epilogue to Part I: The Nature and Methods of Philosophy56
Study Questions59
Suggested Further Readings60
Part IIMind61
Chapter 4Mind and Body: The Metaphysics of Mind63
1Introduction: Conflicting Visions of the Mind63
2What Makes Something Mental?73
3A Wealth of Positions79
Study Questions100
Suggested Further Readings100
Chapter 5Mind and Body: What Should We Believe?103
1Why Has Dualism Had Such a Strong Appeal?103
2Four Arguments for Dualism108
3Assessment of the Arguments111
4What Should We Believe?117
5Is the Mind Fundamentally a Symbol Processor?120
6Do We Need to Study the Brain?123
7Why Isn't Functionalism Just Good Old Dualism in New Clothes?124
8Immortality Again: Can We Look Forward to Life after Death?126
Study Questions133
Suggested Further Readings133
Chapter 6Free Choice135
1A Preliminary Definition136
2Why Freedom of Choice Matters136
3Freedom of Decision and Freedom of Action139
4Positions and Distinctions141
5The Compatibilist Challenge145
6Compatibilists on Free Choice146
7Implications of Compatibilism150
8First Objection: The Joys of Modality152
9Second Objection: Doesn't Compatibilism Leave Something Important Out?155
10Final Remarks160
Study Questions161
Suggested Further Readings162
Part IIIRelating Knowledge to Mind163
Chapter 7Knowledge of Minds165
1Introduction165
2The Problem of Other Minds165
3The Problem of Knowledge of Self168
4Weak, Stronger, and Strongest Skepticism about Other Minds170
5Responses to the Problem173
6There Is a Problem: The Argument from Analogy Is the Solution174
7There Is a Problem: Underlying Neurological Similarity Is the Solution177
8There Is No Problem: Identity Theory, Behaviorism, Wittgensteinianism178
9There Is a Problem: Inference to the Best Explanation Is the Solution181
10The Problem of Knowledge of Self184
11Conclusion186
Study Questions186
Suggested Further Readings187
Chapter 8A New Approach to Knowledge and Mind189
1Naturalizing Philosophy: How Philosophy Relates to Science191
2Naturalizing Epistemology195
3Naturalizing the Mind200
4Naturalizing Knowledge of Other Minds: The Problem in Robots207
5Philosophy and Naturalism213
6Conclusion216
Study Questions217
Suggested Further Reading218
Notes219
Glossary229
References239
Index247

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