A Brief Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind

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Broadview Press, Jan 11, 2005 - Philosophy - 224 pages

One of the most profound philosophical problems is the nature of mind and its relationship to the body. A Brief Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind provides an introduction, written in clear language, to the various theories of the mind-body relationship, as well as a host of related philosophical discussions about mind and consciousness.

The central theories, such as Cartesian Dualism, parallelism, epiphenomenalism, and supervenience among others, are presented in historical order. Their claims, their strengths and weaknesses, and how they ultimately relate to one another and to other philosophical questions are explored objectively, allowing readers to decide for themselves which theories are best.


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This book is a well-written primer giving a clear and lucid account of the philosophical language and ideas used to discuss mentality. It ought to be said at the outset that the book has much to say ... Read full review


Dualism 13
Behaviourism 35
Type Identity Theory 57
Functionalism 79
Anomalous Monism 101
Elirninative Materialism 123
Mental Content 167
The Problem of Qualia 189
Index 209

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Neil Campbell is an Associate Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo. He has published numerous articles in philosophy of mind, is the editor of Freedom, Determinism, and Responsibility: Readings in Metaphysics (Prentice Hall, 2003) and Mental Causation and the Metaphysics of Mind: A Reader (Broadview Press, 2003).

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