Specifically designed to make the philosophy of mind intelligible to those not trained in philosophy, this book provides a concise overview for students and researchers in the cognitive sciences. Emphasizing the relevance of philosophical work to investigations in other cognitive sciences, this unique text examines such issues as the meaning of language, the mind-body problem, the functionalist theories of cognition, and intentionality. As he explores the philosophical issues, Bechtel draws connections between philosophical views and theoretical and experimental work in such disciplines as cognitive psychology, artificial intelligence, linguistics, neuroscience, and anthropology.
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"…clearly written and…does an excellent job of introducing the reader to a wide range of issues, many of which are prominent not only in philosophy of mind but in philosophy of language and logic….a good text to use in an upper year undergraduate course in philosophy of mind."
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Contents: Some Perspectives on Philosophy of Mind. Philosophical Analyses of Language. The Problem of Intentionality. Philosophical Strategies for Explaining Intentionality. The Mind-Body Problem: Dualism and Philosophical Behaviorism. The Mind-Body Problem: Versions of Materialism. Functionalism.