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Arguing About the Mind (Arguing About Philosophy) Paperback – June 24, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0415771634 ISBN-10: 0415771633 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Arguing About Philosophy
  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (June 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415771633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415771634
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'I think this is brilliant. In conception and execution, the anthology does something which is both original and needed as a teaching resource ... the editors motivate the philosophical questions in a fresh and illuminating way, with an excellent choice of readings based around problems which will have occurred to most thoughtful philosophy students.' – Tim Crane, University College London, UK

'Arguing About the Mind makes use of original sources to introduce problems in the philosophy of mind in a way calculated to be intelligible to readers with no previous background in philosophy. By relying on readings intended for a broad audience, Gertler and Shapiro deftly sidestep technical disputes of the kind that too often deter students encountering serious philosophical writing for the first time. The result is a stunning topical introduction to philosophy via the philosophy of mind.' – John Heil, Washington University in St Louis, USA

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'I think this is brilliant. In conception and execution, the anthology does something which is both original and needed as a teaching resource ... the editors motivate the philosophical questions in a fresh and illuminating way, with an excellent choice of readings based around problems which will have occurred to most thoughtful philosophy students.' - Tim Crane, University College London, UK

'Arguing About the Mind makes use of original sources to introduce problems in the philosophy of mind in a way calculated to be intelligible to readers with no previous background in philosophy. By relying on readings intended for a broad audience, Gertler and Shapiro deftly sidestep technical disputes of the kind that too often deter students encountering serious philosophical writing for the first time. The result is a stunning topical introduction to philosophy via the philosophy of mind.' - John Heil, Washington University in St Louis, USA


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Herbert L Calhoun on November 22, 2009
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This book is an Anthology of both seminal and topical articles on the philosophy of the mind. It elaborates on a wide range of theories of mind advanced by philosophers as they go about the business of doing what they do best: thinking, reasoning and trying to advance the frontiers of logic and human understanding.

Here we get the philosopher's take on how the mind operates, how it relates to the non-mental world, the relationship between mind and body, and the nature of self (itself). It also includes lessons learned from mental illnesses, from split-brain research, as well as the controversy over the existence of animal consciousness and animal intelligence. It concludes with two of the sexiest topics in philosophy of the mind today: artificial intelligence, and whether there are intelligent beings on other planets. All of the stars of contemporary philosophy are present and at their very best.

Although Bertrand Russell's essay "What is the soul," is thrown in for good measure, in general classicists may be disappointed, as the book in general is pitched towards the present and the future. Although clearly intended for college students of philosophy (and is not the last word in any case), it is nonetheless carefully selected and is accessible to a wider more general audience.

The book is divided into nine sections: I.-II. Consciousness (What is the problem? and How should it be studied?); III. Is the mind physical? IV. How is the mind related to the body? V. What is self? VI. What can pathological cases teach us about the mind? VII. How can we know whether - and what - non-human animals think? VIII. Can machine think? IX. Is there intelligent life on other planets?
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