- Paperback: 688 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (July 25, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 019514581X
- ISBN-13: 978-0195145816
- Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1.3 x 7 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings 1st Edition
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"By far the best selection of readings in the field. The hard-to-find are represented (Huxley) as well as the often neglected (Hill, Yablo). This is the best of all possible anthologies in the philosophy of mind."--Don A. Merrell, Arkansas State University
"An excellent volume of essays organized in a way that captures the issues that are most important to contemporary researchers in the field."--Casey O'Callaghan, University of California, Santa Cruz
About the Author
David J. Chalmers is at University of Arizona, Tucson.
Top Customer Reviews
This compilation gave me exactly what I was looking for. A balanced view with articles written by the luminaries in the field. Ideas and concepts that philosophers usually throw around as a matter of fact are clearly explained by the people who actually coined these very ideas.
It was surprisingly accessible for a non-philosopher, although some sections did get a little technical, so I had to skip them. But this didn't break the flow of the book or hinder the understanding of other articles.
Chalmers gives great introductions to every section in the book, so you never lose track of the development of different ideas and how they stand with respect to each other.
Finally, after learning so much (and even though it goes against Chalmers' own ideas) I am a much more confident materialist (Type A ;)
From past studies of AI/CS, cognitive science, and psychology I can tell that this is an important volume. This is a collection of studies of the philosophy of mind, it is a very self-contained read. This is an important feature of this book; it assumes little to no prior knowledge about philosophy. This book was edited by David Chalmers, and is comprised of over 60 essays from prominent philosophers spanning hundreds of years.
The treatment reads much like any thorough text on psychology would. You are not just reading about the current state of the field. The book starts from the beginning--the very beginning. The first chapters start with Rene Descartes (1600s) and Thomas Huxley (1800s). This book takes you through a number of phases of the philosophy of mind. Those who are familiar with the history of psychology will find some common ground in behaviorism, functionalism, and a number of the important questions that are grappled with over the course of the book. When read sequentially you will see how various theories are established, argued, and later refuted (or at least argued against) in later work. More contemporary works include John Searle's "Can computers think?", an essay that you may have encountered in a modern course on artificial intelligence.
This is a good read for those who are interested in AI, psychology, or cognitive science.Read more ›
He doesn't write volumes and volumes of his own work. This is meant for the reader to get a grasp of:
1) What are the key questions in philosophy of mind? What are thoughts, memories? What can we really know about our mind?
2) How influential philosophers have tried to answer these questions. MOST of the time, Chalmers will follow up with a paper by a dissenting author - offering a refutation and alterative.
If you're prescribed this for a philosophy class, don't throw it away or sell it. If you want to buy this for your own reading please: do not be daunted! Philosophy is taught by years of reading and understanding & developing argument structures. Keep reading collections like this, they're quite accessible!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Obviously a great collection, recommend to anyone considering it.Published 20 months ago by Chris H
A book written by philosophers for philosophers. Very dense reading, especially for a beginning student. Lots of jargon - keep a dictionary close at hand.Published on February 23, 2014 by zenson1
This is amazing and fascinating but if I didn't have my study guides I wouldn't have a clue. Still reading it and my mind is being expanded :-)Published on January 22, 2014 by jilyan
How can we really know that this is a great book? Is it possible that I imagined the whole thing? Maybe your experience will match my own, but it could be colored by our divergent... Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by P. Tato
Item was shipped and received before expected and it was in better condition than described. I saved over $30 on the book aznd will sell it for nearly the same amount as I bought... Read morePublished on December 4, 2011 by john