- Series: Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy
- Hardcover: 280 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (July 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415283558
- ISBN-13: 978-0415283557
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.2 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,644,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy) 2nd Edition
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'I enjoyed reading this book immensely and think very hightly indeed of it both as a student text and as a serious work of philosophy. It is well-organized, well-informed, up-to-date, comprehensive in scope, and written in an extremely clear and accessible style.' - E. J. Lowe, Durham University, on the 1st edition 'It is pitched at the right level for undergraduates... The book reads as the work of a very good philosopher who wants to introduce students to the topic.' - Times Higher Education Supplement, on the 1st edition 'Contains some of the clearest and most penetrating discussions I have ever read of functionalism and of the interpretative accounts of Davidson and Dennett. This fact alone makes the book an appealing candidate for upper-level undergraduate courses.' - Philosophical Quarterley, on the 1st edition
About the Author
John Heil is Professor of Philosophy at Washington University, US, and Professor of Philosophy at Monash University, Australia. His previous publications include The Nature of True Minds (1992) and From an Ontological Perspective (2003).
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If you are looking for an introductory text that covers both the major positions and exponents, as well as more than a cursory discussion of arguments for and against, I would recommend this volume (note: the second edition; there is a third, more substantially revised; check the prefaces online for the differences).
Heil also tells you what he thinks of the various schools, and in the end he gives you a sustained treatment of his own view, one that takes seriously metaphysics and imagistic thought. At times I wonder if his view is terribly different from functionalism, with which he distinguishes it. This is not the place to delve into that.
Heil's point is that philosophers take sides. And he does a good job of explaining why others (and why he) take the positions that they do. The aim of the introductory text is to help the reader sort through the maze of issues and then determine which seems most compelling.
Heil won't resolve the outstanding issues to everyone's satisfaction, but he will explain them. And for that he and his book are to be commended.