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Current Controversies in Philosophy of Mind

1st Edition

Edited by Uriah Kriegel


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Philosophy of mind is one of the most dynamic fields in philosophy, and one that invites debate around several key questions. There currently exist annotated tomes of primary sources, and a handful of single-authored introductions to the field, but there is no book that captures philosophy of mind’s recent dynamic exchanges for a student audience. By bringing compiling ten newly commissioned pieces in which leading philosophers square off on five central, related debates currently engaging the field, editor Uriah Kriegel has provided such a publication.The five debates include:

  • Mind and Body: The Prospects for Russellian Monism
  • Mind in Body: The Scope and Nature of Embodied Cognition
  • Consciousness: Representationalism and the Phenomenology of Moods
  • Mental Representation: The Project of Naturalization
  • The Nature of Mind: The Importance of Consciousness.

Preliminary descriptions of each chapter, annotated bibliographies for each controversy, and a supplemental guide to further controversies in philosophy of mind (with bibliographies) help provide clearer and richer views of active controversies for all readers.



"This volume will be very useful to advanced students and professionals. The content is focused and current, and takes up issues underrepresented in other collections. The selections admirably combine accessibility with substance. It is particularly nice to have them organized in pairs that address debates in the recent literature from different perspectives. Overall Current Controversies in Philosophy of Mind gives the impression of efficiency: it should serve budding philosophers of mind well as an entry point into the contemporary literature."

Elijah Chudnoff, University of Miami

"Prof. Kriegel's excellent book fills an important niche - it brings into focus current problems in philosophy of mind and actually puts into conversation with one another important voices in the debate. The supporting material with which he frames and contextualizes the works are themselves a valuable contribution to scholarship and perfect for students and beginning researchers alike."

Anthony Peressini, Marquette University

"This is a well-crafted collection. It has five parts, each containing two chapters that approach their topic in different and often opposing ways. All ten chapters make valuable contributions, and Uriah Kriegel's lucid introduction provides a helpful overview. If one wants to get a feel for the debates engaging philosophers of mind today, then this book is an excellent source."

Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

Table of Contents

Introduction Uriah Kriegel, The Philosophy of Mind: Current and Perennial Controversies I. Mind and Body: The Prospects for Russellian Monism 1. Daniel Stoljar, "Four Types of Russellian Monism" 2. Derk Pereboom, "Russellian Monism and Absolutely Intrinsic Properties" Suggestions for Further Reading II. Mind in Body: The Scope and Nature of Embodied Cognition 3. Larry Shapiro, "When Is Cognition Embodied?" 4. Alvin Goldman, "The Bodily-Formats Approach to Embodied Cognition" Suggestions for Further Reading III. Consciousness: Representationalism and the Phenomenology of Moods 5. Amy Kind, "The Case Against Representationalism about Mood States" 6. Angela Mendelovici, "Pure Intentionalism about Moods and Emotions" Suggestions for Further Reading IV. Mental Representation: The Project of Naturalization 7.Uriah Kriegel, "Two Notions of Mental Representation" 8. Robert Rupert, "The Sufficiency of Objective Representationalism" Suggestions for Further Reading V. The Nature of Mind: The Importance of Consciousness 9. Charles Siewert, "Speaking up for Consciousness" 10. Geoffrey Lee, "Materialism and the Epistemic Significance of Consciousness" Suggestions for Further Reading Supplemental Guide to Further Controversies Index

About the Series

Current Controversies in Philosophy

In venerable Socratic fashion, philosophy proceeds best through reasoned conversation. Current Controversies in Philosophy provides short, accessible volumes that cast a spotlight on ongoing central philosophical conversations. In each book, pairs of experts debate four or five key issues of contemporary concern, setting the stage for students, teachers and researchers to join the discussion. Short chapter descriptions precede each chapter, and an annotated bibliography and study questions conclude each debate. In addition, each volume includes both a general introduction and a supplemental guide to further controversies. Combining timely debates with useful pedagogical aids allows the volumes to serve as clear and detailed snapshots, for all levels of readers, of some the most exciting work happening in philosophy today. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Metaphysics
PHILOSOPHY / Mind & Body
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology