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:
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.
"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
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
Contemporary versions of dualism
General motivations for physicalism
Different versions of physicalism
General problems for physicalism
The roots of functionalism
What is functionalism?
Assessing functionalism: considerations in favor
Assessing functionalism: problems
5. Machine Minds
Can machines think?
Can machines feel?
6. The Future of the Mind
A real-life case?
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