Philosophy of Mind: An Introduction is a lively and accessible introduction to one of philosophy's most active and important areas of research.
About the Author
George Graham is Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy, and Professor of Psychology, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is co-editor (with William Bechtel) of A Companion to Cognitive Science (Blackwell Publishers, 1998), and (with N. Scott Arnold and Theodore M. Benditt) of Philosophy: Then and Now (also published by Blackwell, 1998).
Table of Contents
Preface to the Second Edition.
Part I: What is Philosophy of Mind?: .
1.1 Beginning Definitions, Elementary Ideas.
1.2 Color in Black and White.
Part II: Death and Identity:.
2.1. Christianity and the Problem of Survival.
2.2. The After-Death Experience.
2.3. Dissent from After Death.
2.4. The Idea of 'Personal Identity'.
2.5. Glorifying the Afterlife.
2.6. Solace and Annihilation.
Part III: The Problem of Other Minds:.
3.1. The Loneliness of Skepticism.
3.2. How Not to Solve the Problem of Other Minds.
3.3. How to Solve the Problem of Other Minds.
3.4. Other Minds and the Best Explanation Argument.
Part IV: Mind and Belief in Animals:.
4.1. The Mental Community.
4.2. Optimism About Animal Belief.
4.3. Pessimism About Animal Belief.
4.4. The Challenge of Animal Belief.
4.5. Horse and Chimp.
Part V: Mind and Belief in Computers:.
5.1. Could a Computer Believe?.
5.2. Functionalism and Intentionality.
5.3. The Chinese Room Argument.
5.4. The Counter-Argument from Possibility.
5.5. The Counter-Argument from Intentional Anti-Realism.
5.6. Once More: Could a Computer Believe?.
Part VI: Mind and Belief in God:.
6.1. A Dilemma for St. Thomas.
6.2. Does God Possess Beliefs?.
6.3. Suffering and Love.
6.4. On Having It All.
Part VII: Rational Action:.
7.1. The Concept of 'Rational Action'.
7.2. Rationality Versus Irrationality.
7.3. Is Weakness of Will Unreasonable?.
7.4. Is Unselfish Action Impossible?.
Part VIII: Does Mind Depend Upon Brain?:.
8.2. Is Materialism Correct?.
8.3. Brentano's Thesis.
8.4. Intentionality and Materialism.
8.5. Supervenience and Melancholia or Why Did Robert SchumannStarve Himself to Death?.
8.6. Explanation and Mind/Brain Supervenience.
Part IX: Inside Persons:.
9.1. A Question of Gender.
9.2. What Is It Like to Be a Person?.
9.3. Freedom and Explanation.
9.4. The Dilemma of Free Will.
9.5. Folk Psychology, Freedom, and Compatibilism.
9.6. Happy Ending.
Part X: Consciousness, Matter, and Morality:.
10.1. Consciousness Defined.
10.2. Six Roles of Consciousness.
10.3. Is Consciousness a Brain Process?.
10.4. Consciousness and Animal Liberation.
10.5. An Impossible Consciousness.
Part XI: Fear and Trembling:.
11.1. Consciousness Epiphenomenalism.
11.2. The Master Argument for ConsciousnessEpiphenomenalism.
11.3. Attacking the Master Argument.
11.4. Defeating the Master Argument.
11.4. The Intelligent Behavior Hypothesis.
11.6. The Divided Labor Hypothesis.
11.7. Criticism and Commitments.
11.8. Final Feeling.
A Philosophy of Mind Bookshelf.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
George Graham, in this work, succeeds in remaining loyal to what a reader expects in an introductory book. With clarity and simplicity, Dr. Graham seeks to draw the reader into the inner sanctum of some of the complex issues debated by many of the greatest minds since Descarte. Beginning with provocative questions like God's existence and life after death, topics comprising Philosophy of Mind are explicated. Sensitive to the reader's presumed level of understanding , Graham eschews confusing language, and the quagmire some authors unwittingly conduct their audience. Yet, for the non-neophyte, further research is available through helpful bibliographies at the end of each section. Footnote explanations are also provided for those desiring more detail. For students uncomfortable purchasing books with 'Dummies' in the title, this work will reward its reader with a taste of Philosophy of Mind and the answer whether further research in the field is warranted. It's a good start.