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ISBN-13: 978-0631217756
ISBN-10: 0631217754
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Comprising a series of specially commissioned chapters by leading scholars, this comprehensive volume presents an up-to-date survey of the central themes in the philosophy of mind. The Blackwell Guide to Philosophy of Mind leads the reader through a broad range of topics, including Artificial Intelligence, Consciousness, Dualism, Emotions, Folk Psychology, Free Will, Individualism, Personal Identity and The Mind-Body Problem. Taken as a whole, this timely volume is an important work for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the field. It serves as an accessible introduction for undergraduates, whilst also providing fresh insights, of interest to graduates, and researchers. CONTRIBUTORS: Fred Adams, Kenneth Aizawa, John Bickle, David J. Chalmers, Andy Clark, Randolph Clarke, Paul E. Griffiths, John Heil, Stephen Laurence, Kirk Ludwig, William G. Lycan, Eric Margolis, Andrew Melnyk, Shaun Nichols, Eric T. Olson, Howard Robinson, Stephen P. Stich and Robert A. Wilson.

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Comprising a series of specially commissioned chapters by leading scholars, this comprehensive volume presents an up-to-date survey of the central themes in the philosophy of mind.

The Blackwell Guide to Philosophy of Mind leads the reader through a broad range of topics, including Artificial Intelligence, Consciousness, Dualism, Emotions, Folk Psychology, Free Will, Individualism, Personal Identity and The Mind-Body Problem.

Taken as a whole, this timely volume is an important work for anyone interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the field. It serves as an accessible introduction for undergraduates, whilst also providing fresh insights, of interest to graduates, and researchers.

CONTRIBUTORS: Fred Adams, Kenneth Aizawa, John Bickle, David J. Chalmers, Andy Clark, Randolph Clarke, Paul E. Griffiths, John Heil, Stephen Laurence, Kirk Ludwig, William G. Lycan, Eric Margolis, Andrew Melnyk, Shaun Nichols, Eric T. Olson, Howard Robinson, Stephen P. Stich and Robert A. Wilson.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (January 17, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631217754
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631217756
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.2 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 31, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Mainstream science still is not very interested in theories that start from a fundamental, ontological difference between body and mind. According to dominant models, consciousness would be completely determined by the brain and it would therefore be a priori unthinkable for a person to still have subjective experiences while his or her brain demonstrates a flat EEG.
Unfortunately, many scholars seem to consider this view as the rational outcome of scientific research, whereas it really is a position within the so-called 'philosophy of mind' that rather precedes empirical investigations, at least implicitly and serves as an ontological framework for empirical theory.
The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Mind offers an introduction to this branch of philosophy. The book is divided into 16 chapters about a specific topic, written by influential Anglo-Saxon philosophers.
The general level of the book is high, which means that only readers who are accostumed to reading academic literature will really be able to understand its contents.
The individual chapters can be read as thorough introductions to several specific compartments within the philosophy of mind, but also as independent articles in which an author shares his most recent insights.
In Chapter 4, Howard Robinson shows that (Neo-)Cartesian substantialist dualism still seems to be the best candidate for solving the mind-body problem despite the well-known physicalist objections. Dualism is also taken seriously in Chapter 5, namely by the celebrated philosopher David Chalmers who declares he no longer wishes to dismiss the notion of an interaction between consciousness and the brain out of hand.
However, many other chapters have certainly been written from a 'naturalist' viewpoint, i.e.
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