1st Edition

Philosophy of Mind: The Basics

By Amy Kind Copyright 2020
    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    Philosophy of Mind: The Basics is a concise and engaging introduction to the fundamental philosophical questions and theories about the mind. The author Amy Kind, a leading expert in the field, examines central issues concerning the nature of consciousness, thought, and emotion. The book addresses key questions such as:

    • What is the nature of the mind?
    • What is the relationship between the mind and the brain?
    • Can machines have minds?
    • How will future technology impact the mind?

    With a glossary of key terms and suggestions for further reading, Philosophy of Mind: The Basics is an ideal starting point for anyone seeking a lively and accessible introduction to the rich and complex study of philosophy of mind.

    1. Mind and Mentality

    What is philosophy of mind?

    An inventory of our mental life

    How philosophers study the mind

    Theories of mind: a rough overview

    What lies ahead

    Concluding summary

    Further reading

    2. Dualism

    Cartesian dualism

    Contemporary versions of dualism

    Concluding summary

    Further reading

    3. Physicalism

    General motivations for physicalism

    Different versions of physicalism

    General problems for physicalism

    Concluding remarks

    Further reading

    4. Functionalism

    The roots of functionalism

    What is functionalism?

    Assessing functionalism: considerations in favor

    Assessing functionalism: problems

    Concluding remarks

    Further reading

    5. Machine Minds

    Animal mentality

    Can machines think?

    Can machines feel?

    Concluding remarks

    Further reading

    6. The Future of the Mind

    Mind extensions

    Mind uploading

    Mind mergers

    A real-life case?

    Concluding remarks

    Further reading.





    Amy Kind is Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College, USA. She is editor of Philosophy of Mind in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries (volume six of The History of the Philosophy of Mind, Routledge 2016) and of The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Imagination (2016). She has also authored the introductory textbook Persons and Personal Identity (2015).

    "This is an excellent book: very clear, very accessible for undergrads or even high-school students, and it manages to achieve this without dumbing down the core ideas too much. It is by far the best intro to philosophy of mind I have ever read." - Bence Nanay, University of Antwerp, Belgium