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Philosophy of Mind

A Contemporary Introduction, 4th Edition

By John Heil


344 pages | 41 B/W Illus.

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The book is intended as a reader-friendly introduction to issues in the philosophy of mind, including mental–physical causal interaction, computational models of thought, the relation minds bear to brains, and assorted -isms: behaviorism, dualism, eliminativism, emergentism, functionalism, materialism, neutral monism, and panpsychism. The Fourth Edition reintroduces a chapter on Donald Davidson, and a discussion of ‘Non-Cartesian Dualism’, along with a wholly new chapter on emergence and panpsychism. A concluding chapter draws together material in earlier chapters and offers what the author regards as a plausible account of the mind’s place in nature. Suggested readings at the conclusion of each chapter have been updated, with a focus on accessible, nontechnical material.

Key Features of the 4th Edition

  • Includes a new chapter, "Emergence and Panpsychism" (Chapt. 13), reflecting growing interest in these areas
  • Re-introduces and updates a chapter on Donald Davidson, "Radical Interpretation" (Chapt. 8) that was excised from the previous edition
  • Updates "Descartes' Legacy" (Chapt. 3) to include a discussion of E. J. Lowe's arresting "Non-Cartesian Dualism," also removed from the previous edition
  • Includes a highly revised final chapter, which draws together much of the previous material and sketches a plausible account of the mind’s place in nature
  • Updated Suggested Reading Lists at the end of each chapter

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Cartesian Dualism

3. Descartes's Legacy

4. Mind and Behavior

5. The Identity Theory

6. Functionalism

7. The Representational Theory of Mind

8. Radical Interpretation

9. The Intentional Stance

10. Eliminativism

11. Non-Reductive Physicalism

12. Consciousness

13. Emergency and Panpsychism

14. The Mind's Place in Nature

About the Author

John Heil is Professor of Philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis and Durham University, and an Honorary Research Associate at Monash University. His recent publications include Appearance in Reality (forthcoming), The Universe as We Find It (2012), and From an Ontological Point of View (2003).

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

An innovative, well structured series, the Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy are designed for students who already have completed an introductory-level course in philosophy.  Each book introduces a core general subject in contemporary philosophy and offers students an accessible but substantial transition from introductory to higher-level college work in that subject.  The series is accessible to non-specialists and each book clearly motivates and expounds the problems and positions introduced.  An orientating chapter briefly introduces its topic and reminds readers of any crucial material they need to have retained from a typical introductory course.  Considerable attention is given to explaining central philosophical problems of a subject and the main competing solutions and arguments for those solutions.  The primary aim is to educate students in the main problems, positions and arguments of contemporary philosophy rather than to convince students of a single position.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Epistemology
PHILOSOPHY / Free Will & Determinism