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Philosophy of Mind (Dimensions of Philosophy) Second Edition Edition

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“Kim’s book is the best general survey of metaphysics of mind. It brims with arresting arguments and lucid points of exposition. Kim’s own philosophical judgment is not suppressed, but he gives sympathetic accounts of opposing views. Perhaps no other text accessible to undergraduates is so often consulted by professional philosophers. Most chapters have been augmented in this third edition, but its most distinctive feature is its expanded discussion of consciousness.”
Bernard W. Kobes, Arizona State University

Praise for Previous Editions:

“Like the highly acclaimed earlier edition, this book provides an extremely useful, state-of-the-art introduction to the philosophy of mind. Thanks to his incomparably lucid style, the author is able to discuss the issues at greater depth than is generally attempted in an introductory text, thus also providing a very accessible introduction to his own challenging and influential views on the mind-body problem. Really a wonderful book, useful to students and researchers alike.”
Ausonio Marras, University of Western Ontario

“An introductory survey to philosophy of mind, this work is impressive equally for its clarity and depth as an overview and its forcefulness as an original contribution to its subject.”

“I really cannot say enough about the quality of this book. It is the work of a top-flight original philosopher adept at explaining difficult issues with remarkable clarity. An admirable textbook, it represents a notable philosophical achievement as well.”
John Heil, Davidson College

“Kim is one of the most influential philosophers of mind…and it is no surprise that Philosophy of Mind exemplifies the sort of clarity of exposition and familiarity with the issues we have come to expect from him….Kim’s book is an excellent work….It would contribute to a fine course in philosophy of mind.”
Philosophia Christi
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jaegwon Kim is William Perry Faunce Professor of Philosophy at Brown University. He is the author of Supervenience and Mind (1993) and of many important papers on the philosophy of mind, metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophy of science.

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Product Details

  • Series: Dimensions of Philosophy
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press; Second Edition edition (July 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813342694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813342696
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,833,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been teaching an advanced undergraduate course in the philosphy of mind for decades. When this book came out, I began using it as my main text. This remained my practice as the first edition gave way to the second. I was pleased to receive a copy of the third edition and continued to use it as my primary text. The changes Kim has made from edition to edition are REAL and represent positive changes - both in content and in currency.

Kim's book may be a bit daunting to an undergraduate who has not had considerable exposure to philosophy and the way professional philosophers write in journals. His accounts of the many positions, and their variants, that he takes up are technical but, for the most part, no more technical than is necessary to achieve the sort of clarity for which Kim has always striven.

Kim is a remarkable figure. My considered opinion is that he, more than any of the prominent philosophers who have delved into the ratsnest of interrelated puzzles one finds in the philosophy of mind, is interested, purely and simply, in truth. He does not have any doctrinal agendas that I can detect. If there is anything resembling an agenda in Kim's writings, it is a fascination with the problem of the causal efficacy of mental states. That is hardly surprising since that issue looms as perhaps the most persistent problem as older views give way to newer ones.

I sympathize with the reviewer who expressed surprise that the works of Colin McGinn, Paul and Patricia Churchland, Daniel Dennett and John Searle are not so much as mentioned in this text. This is true of earlier editions - but, in fairness the third edition does mention most of them and even discusses some of their better known claims.
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Kim's work is the clearest introduction to major issues in the philosophy of mind in print. Much written in the field is convluted and Delphic in every aspect except length. This work is an excellent place to begin an examination. The chapters on functionialism are especially excellent.
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From what I heard, to expound on an introduction to the philosophy of mind is no easy task especially for the most erudite philosopher of the mind. With this well-known fact that I discovered from an experienced reader in Amazon, I was somewhat intimidated in choosing which books I should read. I was looking for a very clear and comprehensive writing on Philosophy of Mind, something which doesn't dump everything into this premature philosopher. Surprisingly, I was recommended to read this book but I decided to read other independent reviews which lauded this book for it's lucid writing. As I bought this book on Kindle (yes, the format is decent)and read through out the month, there wasn't a single moment when I was utterly perplexed and intimidated. Now, the Turing Machine section was a bit intimidating, but careful and patient reading was the key to understanding it.

Jaegwon Kim's accomplishments does not only lie in the scope of his introductory writings in the Philosophy of Mind, but lies in his attempts to present a lucid and comprehensive introduction of Philosophy of Mind. This is no easy feat from what I heard, and I am very glad that this is my very first introductory textbook to Philosophy of Mind. The way he presented the arguments with such clarity has made it easy for me to understand the arguments, including the flaws and problems with them. From reading this book, Jaegwon Kim's arguments against Identity Theory has challenged my presumption that materialism is the obvious answer to the problem in philosophy of mind. Presenting criticisms against Computational Functionalism as being fairly limited in responding to the existence of Qualia and Inverted Spectrum of Colors has made me realize that Functionalism is not as strong as I thought.
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