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Philosophy of Mind: Contemporary Readings

A comprehensive anthology that draws together leading philosophers writing on the major topics within philosophy of mind. Robb and O’Connor have carefully chosen articles under the following headings: 1) Substance Dualism and Idealism 2) Materialism 3) Mind and Representation 4) Consciousness. Each section is prefaced by an introductory essay by the editors which guides the student gently into the topic in which leading philosophers are included. The book is highly accessible and user-friendly and provides a broad-ranging exploration of the subject. Ideal for any philosophy student, this book will prove essential reading for any philosophy of mind course. The readings are designed to complement John Heil’s Philosophy of Mind:A Contemporary Introduction.

Table of Contents

    • List of contributors
    • Preface
    • 1    Two Cartesian Arguments for the Simplicity of the Soul    15
    • 2    The Soul    30
    • 3    The Problem of Psychophysical Causation    49
    • 4    Lonely Souls: Causality and Substance Dualism    65
    • 5    The General Form of the Argument for Berkeleian Idealism    81
    • 6    Sensations and Brain Processes and Postscript    121
    • 7    Naming and Necessity    138
    • 8    Multiple Realization and the Metaphysics of Reduction    159
    • 9    The Story of a Brain    185
    • 10    Reduction of Mind    197
    • 11    The Nature of Mental States    210
    • 12    Troubles with Functionalism    222
    • 13    Absent Qualia, Fading Qualia, Dancing Qualia    234
    • 14    Meaning and the World Order    271
    • 15    Representational Systems    304
    • 16    Minds, Brains, and Programs    332
    • 17    Thought and Talk    355
    • 18    True Believers: The Intentional Strategy and Why It Works    370
    • 19    Eliminative Materialism and the Propositional Attitudes    391
    • 20    Materialism and Qualia: The Explanatory Gap    427
    • 21    Can We Solve the Mind-Body Problem?    438
    • 22    What Mary Didn’t Know    458
    • 23    What Experience Teaches    467
    • 24    The Intrinsic Quality of Experience    491
    • 25    Brute Experience    510
    • 26    Emergent Dualism    525
    • 27    The Grain Problem    542
    • 28    The Mystery of the Physical and the Matter of Qualities: A Paper for Professor Shaffer    560
    • Index    591