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An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind (Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy) [Paperback]

E. J. Lowe
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January 28, 2000 0521654289 978-0521654289
E. J. Lowe offers a lucid and wide-ranging introduction to the philosophy of mind. Using a problem-centered approach designed to stimulate as well as instruct, he begins with a general examination of the mind-body problem and moves on to more specific issues including perception, rationality, action and self-knowledge. His discussion is distinctive in giving equal attention to deep metaphysical questions concerning the mind and to the discoveries and theories of modern scientific psychology. It will be of interest to any reader with a basic grounding in modern philosophy.

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"Lowe packs a remarkable amount into each chapter...[T]his is probably the best book of its kind (on philosophy of mind in the broadest sense) that has ever been written." Brad Majors, Kansas State University, Review of Metaphysics

"This book is an ideal textbook for upper-division undergraduate courses or for graduate level survey courses in the philosophy of mind. Any informed reader interested in learning more about the philosophy of mind should read it, and every college and university library should have it." Choice

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In this book E. J. Lowe offers a lucid and wide-ranging introduction to the philosophy of mind. Using a problem-centred approach designed to stimulate as well as instruct, he begins with a general examination of the mind-body problem and moves on to more specific issues including perception, rationality, action and self-knowledge. His discussion is distinctive in giving equal attention to deep metaphysical questions concerning the mind and to the discoveries and theories of modern scientific psychology. It will be of interest to any reader with a basic grounding in modern philosophy.

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  • Series: Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy
  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (January 28, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521654289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521654289
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,292,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How introductions to philosophy should be written. June 17, 2000
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I am a tremendous admirer of Jonathan Lowe's books, both for his even-handed, thorough, and nuanced treatment of his topics and for the extraordinary lucidity of his expository prose style. So, naturally, I ordered this volume as soon as it became available, with high expectations.
I was not disappointed. This fine volume is a complete, systematic introduction to the philosophy of mind. And Lowe's remarkable exposition will be accessible to the beginner but sacrifices nothing in precision or completeness in order to achieve that accessibility.
The main feature that sets this volume apart from other apparently similar introductions is the balance Lowe strikes between philosophy proper and cognitive science. Lowe spares no effort to incorporate relevant results from empirical research, but he is quite unwilling to concede that philosophy has simply become the handmaid of empirical psychology or neuroscience. In spirit though not in detail, his approach reminds me of Brand Blanshard's in _The Nature of Thought_.
Moreover, Lowe's presentation is more concerned with raising important questions than with determining their answers. Some of the most valuable passages in his book simply point out the existence of significant _problems_ and canvass the possible solutions. In some cases he prefers one solution to another and says so, giving his reasons. But in every case the entire array of proposals receives a fair hearing, with references.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Undergrad Text October 30, 2003
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I selected this text for a 300-level undergraduate course, primarily for the even-handedness of the topical coverage, and the author's refusal to embrace the trendy dogmas of computationalism and materialism. Lowe writes as if philosophy is still in the driver's seat. The book is meticulously organized and systematically presented. I have my own preferences for topical coverage, and Lowe omits some topics I would have included, but this is nothing a couple of supplementary articles can't fix.
I would also say that the clarity and erudition of Lowe's writing style is a cut above the rest. There are surely some good writers like Kim and Searle who work this area. But there are some published philosophers whose writing is so confused, it is abusive to make undergraduates read them. While the level of discussion is high, no intelligent student will fail to understand Lowe because of the stylistic failings of the exposition.
Perhaps Lowe's writing is a little too self-consciously reserved and a bit on the dry side. While a book like The Mind's I is a noisy open air market, full of color, funny smells, and a cacophony of shouting and squawking chickens, Lowe's book is a quiet, elegant bistro, with white linen and Mozart playing through discreetly placed speakers.
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great introductory text January 24, 2014
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Bear in mind that the author of this book assumes the reader has some familiarity with core philosophical concepts and methods of argumentation. If you do not, you will likely get bogged down, unless you are used to reading dense academic/psychological texts and are curious about the subject of philosophy of mind. That said, this is the best non-anthology introduction to philosophy of mind that I've read thus far. As far as philosophers go, he has a clear, simple style of writing (which is not to say inelegant, because it is not), and he covers an enormous amount of material skillfully and concisely. E.J. Lowe has a great "writing voice"; an air of distant familiarity and patient explanation. I love this book and I recommend to anyone with an interest in the POM or cognitive science.
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