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Mind: A Brief Introduction
     

Mind: A Brief Introduction

by John R. Searle, John Martin Fisher
 

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ISBN-10: 0195157338

ISBN-13: 9780195157338

Pub. Date: 11/01/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

"The philosophy of mind is unique among contemporary philosophical subjects," writes John Searle, "in that all of the most famous and influential theories are false." One of the world's most eminent thinkers, Searle dismantles these theories as he presents a vividly written, comprehensive introduction to the mind. He begins with a look at the

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"The philosophy of mind is unique among contemporary philosophical subjects," writes John Searle, "in that all of the most famous and influential theories are false." One of the world's most eminent thinkers, Searle dismantles these theories as he presents a vividly written, comprehensive introduction to the mind. He begins with a look at the twelve problems of philosophy of mind—which he calls "Descartes and Other Disasters"—problems which he returns to throughout the volume, as he illuminates such topics as materialism, consciousness, the mind-body problem, intentionality, mental causation, free will, and the self. The book offers a refreshingly direct and engaging introduction to one of the most intriguing areas of philosophy.

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ISBN-13:
9780195157338
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/01/2004
Series:
Fundamentals of Philosophy Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 5.20(h) x 1.20(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Why I Wrote This Book
1. A Dozen Problems in the Philosophy of Mind
2. The Turn to Materialism
3. Arguments against Materialism
4. Consciousness Part I: Consciousness and the Mind-Body Problem
5. Consciousness Part II: The Structure of Consciousness and Neurobiology
6. Intentionality
7. Mental Causation
8. Free Will
9. The Unconscious and the Explanation of Behavior
10. Perception
11. The Self
Epilogue: Philosophy and the Scientific World-View
Notes
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index

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