While the philosophical study of mind has always required philosophers to attend to the scientific developments of their day, from the twentieth century onwards it has been especially influenced and informed by psychology, neuroscience, and computer science.
Philosophy of Mind in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries provides an outstanding survey of the most prominent themes in twentieth-century and contemporary philosophy of mind. It also looks to the future, offering cautious predictions about developments in the field in the years to come.
Following an introduction by Amy Kind, twelve specially commissioned chapters by an international team of contributors discuss key topics, thinkers, and debates, including:
- the phenomenological tradition,
- the mind–body problem,
- theories of consciousness,
- theories of perception,
- theories of personal identity,
- mental causation,
- Wittgenstein and his legacy,
- cognitive science, and
- future directions for philosophy of mind.
Essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy of mind and philosophy of psychology, Philosophy of Mind in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries is also a valuable resource for those in related disciplines such as psychology and cognitive science.
Table of Contents
Introduction to volume 6 Amy Kind 1. Philosophy of mind in the phenomenological tradition Philip J. Walsh and Jeff Yoshimi 2. The mind–body problem in 20th-century Amy Kind 3. A short history of philosophical theories of consciousness in the 20th century Tim Crane 4. 20th-century theories of perception Nico Orlandi 5. 20th-century theories of personal identity Jens Johansson 6. Introspecting in the 20th century Maja Spener 7. The mental causation debates in the 20th century Julie Yoo 8. Intentionality: from Brentano to representationalism Michelle Montague 9. Wittgenstein and his legacy Severin Schroeder 10. The boundaries of the mind Katalin Farkas 11. The rise of cognitive science in the 20th century Carrie Figdor 12. How philosophy of mind can shape the future Susan Schneider and Pete Mandik Index
Amy Kind is Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College, USA. Her research interests lie broadly in the philosophy of mind, but most of her work centers on issues relating to imagination and phenomenal consciousness. In addition to authoring the introductory textbook Persons and Personal Identity (2015), she has edited The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Imagination (2016) and co-edited Knowledge Through Imagination (2016).
Praise for The History of the Philosophy of Mind:
'A monumental resource for anyone interested in the human mind and the history of philosophical attempts to understand it. Students who consult these volumes will appreciate the multiple branching paths that connect past philosophical writings to those of the present. The juxtapositions of topics and historical figures in each volume can help researchers in contemporary philosophy of mind identify precedents for contemporary positions.' - Susanna Siegel, Harvard University, USA
'This six-volume history of the philosophy of mind is a compendious tour-de-force, tracing the sources of modern problems to a vibrant philosophical conversation ranging from antiquity to the present day. This is a special and uniquely wide-ranging resource for anyone, from the novice to the expert, with an interest in the nature of mind and its faculties, as well as its relation to the body and the physical world.' - Samuel Rickless, University of California San Diego, USA
'These six volumes constitute an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the philosophy of mind and the history of philosophy – as well as metaphysics, psychology, and cognitive science – and I recommend them, with great enthusiasm, to all. Together they illuminate areas of inquiry that may be unfamiliar to contemporary philosophers of mind, and reveal unappreciated subtleties and continuities in theories of mind throughout the history of philosophy.' - Janet Levin, University of Southern California, USA
'A comprehensive and illuminating guide to the history of Western theories of the mind, ranging over every aspect of the enduring philosophical debate, from consciousness to perception, and from will to the passions. These volumes collectively offer a state-of-the-art presentation of the field.' -