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Philosophy of Mind: Contemporary Readings

Edited by Timothy O'Connor, David Robb

© 2003 – Routledge

608 pages

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About the Book

Philosophy of Mind: Contemporary Readings is a comprehensive anthology that draws together leading philosophers writing on the major topics within philosophy of mind. Robb and O'Connor have carefully chosen articles under the following headings:

*Substance Dualism and Idealism


*Mind and Representation


Each section is prefaced by an introductory essay by the editors which guides the student gently into the topic in which leading philosophers are included.

The book is highly accessible and user-friendly and provides a broad-ranging exploration of the subject. Ideal for any philosophy student, this book will prove essential reading for any philosophy of mind course. The readings are designed to complement John Heil's Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction, Second edition (Routledge 2003), although the anthology can also be used as a stand-alone volume.

Table of Contents

Preface, Acknowledgements Part 1: Substance Dualism and Idealism, Introduction A. Substance Dualism

1. Dean W. Zimmerman, "Two Cartesian Arguments for the Simplicity of the Soul" 2. Richard Swinburne, "The Soul" B. The Problem of Interaction 3. E.J. Lowe, "The Problem of Psychophysical Causation" 4. Jaegwon Kim, "Lonely Souls: Causality and Substance Dualism" C. Idealism 5. Howard Robinson, "The General Form of the Argument for Berkeleian Idealism" Part 2: Materialism, Introduction A. The Identity Theory 6. J.J.C. Smart, "Sensations and Brain Processes" and "Postscript (1995)" 7. Saul A. Kripke, "Naming and Necessity" 8. Jaegwon Kim, "Multiple Realization and the Metaphysics of Reduction" 9. Arnold Zuboff, "The Story of a Brain" B. Functionalism 10. David Lewis, "Reduction of Mind" 11. Hilary Putnam, "The Nature of Mental States" 12. Ned Block, "Troubles with Functionalism" 13. David J. Chalmers, "Absent Qualia, Fading Qualia, Dancing Qualia" Part 3: Mind and Representation, Introduction A. Intentionality 14. Jerry A. Fodor, "Meaning and the World Order" 15. Fred Dretske, "Representational Systems" 16. John R. Searle, "Minds, Brains, and Programs" B. Propositional Attitudes and Eliminativism 17. Donald Davidson, "Thought and Talk" 18. Daniel C. Dennett, "True Believers: The Intentional Strategy and Why It Works" 19. Paul M. Churchland, "Eliminative Materialism and the Propositional Attitudes" Part 4: Consiousness Introduction A. The Problem of Phenomenal Consciousness 20. Joseph Levine, "Materialism and Qualia: The Explanatory Gap" 21. Colin McGinn, "Can We Solve the Mind-Body Problem?" 22. Frank Jackson, "What Mary Didn't Know" B. Materialist Theories of Consciousness 23. David Lewis, "What Experience Teaches" 24. Peter Carruthers, "Brute Experience" 25. Gilbert Harman, "The Intrinsic Quality of Experience" C. Consciousness and Alternative Varieties of Dualism 26. William Hasker, "Emergent Dualism" 27. Michael Lockwood, "The Grain Problem" 28. Peter Unger, "The Mystery of the Physical and the Matter of Qualities: A Paper for Professor Shaffer

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Routledge Contemporary Readings in Philosophy

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / General
PHILOSOPHY / Metaphysics