The Mechanical Mind

A Philosophical Introduction to Minds, Machines and Mental Representation, 2nd Edition

By Tim Crane

© 2003 – Routledge

272 pages

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Paperback: 9780415290319
pub: 2003-04-24
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pub: 2003-04-24

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About the Book

This edition has been fully revised and updated, and includes a new chapter on consciousness and a new section on modularity. There are also guides for further reading, and a new glossary of terms such as mentalese, connectionism, and the homunculus fallacy.


'Wonderful and intellectually extremely accessible … It is the best treatment of the intentionality of the mental that I have yet come across.' - David Armstrong, Pysche

'Terrifically useful… It gives the best simple introduction that I know to the computational theory of the mind.' - John Searle, University of California at Berkeley

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Mechanical Mind, 1. The puzzle of representation 2. Understanding thinkers and their thoughts 3. Computers and thought 4. The mechanisms of thought 5. Explaining mental representation 6. Consciousness and the mechanical mind. Glossary. Chronology of significant dates relevant to the history of the mechanical mind.

About the Author

Tim Crane is Reader in Philosophy and Director of the School of Advanced Study at University College London. He is ahthor of Elements of Mind and editor of The Contents of Experience.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Metaphysics
SCIENCE / Philosophy & Social Aspects