Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction

Philosophy of Mind A Contemporary Introduction Philosophy of Mind A Contemporary Introduction is a comprehensive and accessible survey of main themes positions and debates in philosophy of mind John Heil introduces and discusses the major topics

  • Title: Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction
  • Author: John Heil
  • ISBN: 9780415283564
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Paperback
  • Philosophy of Mind A Contemporary Introduction is a comprehensive and accessible survey of main themes, positions and debates in philosophy of mind John Heil introduces and discusses the major topics in succinct, user friendly, self contained chapters Cartesian dualism Descartes s legacy non Cartesian dualism behaviorism the identity theory functionalism the reprPhilosophy of Mind A Contemporary Introduction is a comprehensive and accessible survey of main themes, positions and debates in philosophy of mind John Heil introduces and discusses the major topics in succinct, user friendly, self contained chapters Cartesian dualism Descartes s legacy non Cartesian dualism behaviorism the identity theory functionalism the representational theory of mind qualia radical interpretation the intentional stance eliminativism property dualism mind and metaphysics the mind s place in natureThis revised and updated edition includes expanded chapters on eliminativism, qualia, and the representational theory of mind, and an entirely new chapter on property dualism There are annotated suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter, updated to include recent material and internet resources.

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    1. John Heil Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction book, this is one of the most wanted John Heil author readers around the world.

    2. This book is a very good introduction to philosophy of mind, in parts. As a general introduction it is very good. There are parts which explain things more clearly than any other similar textbook I have read (e.g. Kim's philosophy of mind). But it is not a deep as Kim's book and the coverage is not as thorough - for example I found nothing on anomalous monism, which I would have thought was a fairly central part of contemporary philosophy of mind. Additionally, the last two chapters, which whils [...]

    3. Heil does an admirable job of presenting in a fairly clear fashion the major schools of thought in the philosophy of mind. Beware that he does have his own views and presents them unapologetically in the last two chapters (a view I disagree with, actually) but he gives fair warning at the beginning of the book. He takes a lot of time to discuss why neuroscience alone cannot be the final arbiter of the important questions, particularly when it comes to understanding the basic nature of consciousn [...]

    4. Can't say I was too much of a fan of Heil's approach or his own theory he presents in the final two chapters. He's just not a very good writer, and much of this book seems sort of dry. It's a somewhat useful book for those looking for a very short introductory text, but I think that Phil of Mind unlike, say, Ethics, works best with a historical introduction. The problem here is that Heil essentially works by telling us about theories and their proponents, and then briefly the major pros and cons [...]

    5. This book provided me with exactly what I was looking for- a detailed introduction to the various theories of mind which are circulating among contemporary philosophers. Heil provides his opinion of the strengths and weaknesses of each theory and more importantly provides an extensive suggested reading list at the end of each chapter. The book is not light reading but I would have been disappointed if it was. This is not "fast food" philosophy the content requires thought and some familiarity wi [...]

    6. The emphasis on ontology makes for tough going at times, but it seems to me, at least, that Heil is right to insist on its importance for doing philosophy of mind. A very lucid guide to a very interesting subject.

    7. A good introduction that sets out the different philosophical schools of thought about the nature of Mind - Can be easily read by a non-specialist.

    8. It was fine. Definitely useful, but maybe trying too hard to push metaphysics on the situation. However, I know many appreciate that about Heil.

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