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Philosophy of Mind: An Introduction Paperback – October 15, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0631205418 ISBN-10: 0631205411 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2 edition (October 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631205411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631205418
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Its prose is lucid and its examples lively and often humorous. For the breadth of its topics, the attractiveness of its imaginative examples, and its remarkable textual clarity, this would be a splendid text to use." Philosophical Books

"Wonderful. I highly recommend it both as an introductory text and as a philosophical work in its own right." Philosophical Psychology

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Philosophy of Mind: An Introduction is a lively and accessible introduction to one of philosophy's most active and important areas of research.

In this second edition, George Graham maintains the strengths, structure, and overall features of the first, but expands its scope, deepens the detail, and reinforces the student-oriented style and coverage. The book is aimed at readers with little or no background in philosophy and covers a broad range of issues. Included are such central topics as the mind/body problem, personal identity, consciousness, intentionality and freedom of the will, as well as others rarely included in elementary introductions such as "after-death experience", minds of animals and of God, folk psychology, mental illness, altruism, weakness of will and happiness.

The book begins with a crisp introduction to the nature of the philosophy of mind, and ends with a provocative discussion of the causal role of consciousness in depression and schizophrenia. It is supported by consideration of classical and contemporary figures ranging from St. Thomas Aquinas, Descartes and Hume to the Churchlands, Daniel Dennett, and John Searle.

It is the ideal text for a first course in philosophy of mind.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim on November 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
George Graham, in this work, succeeds in remaining loyal to what a reader expects in an introductory book. With clarity and simplicity, Dr. Graham seeks to draw the reader into the inner sanctum of some of the complex issues debated by many of the greatest minds since Descarte. Addressing provocative questions like God's existence and life after death, topics comprising Philosophy of Mind are explicated. Sensitive to the reader's presumed level of understanding , Graham eschews confusing language, and the quagmire some authors unwittingly conduct their audience. Yet, for the non-beginner, further research is available through helpful bibliographies at the end of each section. Footnote explanations are also provided for those desiring more detail. For students uncomfortable purchasing books with 'Dummies' in the title, this work will reward its reader with a taste of Philosophy of Mind and perhaps an answer to the question whether further research in the field is warranted. It's a good start
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Splatz on April 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
I picked up a copy of George Graham's introductory book upon a friend's recommendation. I have a little background in Philosophy and a degree in Cognitive Science, so I figured this would be an appropriate immersion into Philosophy of Mind. With the exception of a few witty jokes, this book is lacking of any new or clever ideas whatsoever, and does only a fair job explaining the rest.
This book fumbles through topics, offering explainations and strange analogies when they are not needed, and glazes over more difficult topics. In many cases a topic will be left ambiguous and unresolved, and another will begin.
It's a good book for a beginner without any background on Philosophy and "the Mind"-- but still room for improvment.
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