A Brief Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind is written to engage the beginning student, offering a balanced, accessible entrZe into a notoriously complex field of inquiry. Crumley introduces four core areas in contemporary philosophy of the mind: the mind/body problem, mental content (intentionality), mental causation, and the nature of consciousness. The book is distinctive in its further coverage of such fascinating topics as the nature of mental images, theories of concepts, and whether or not computers can think, as well as brief accounts of the disciplines with which the philosophy of mind is often associated, among them neuroscience and cognitive psychology.
Jack S. Crumley II is professor of philosophy at The University of San Diego.
Part 1 Preface Part 2 Introduction: Beginning Matters Part 3 Part One: The Nature of the Mental and the Physical Chapter 4 Dualism Chapter 5 Only Skin Deep: Bahaviorism Chapter 6 It's All in Your Brain: Type Identity Theory Chapter 7 Diagramming the Mind: Functionalism Chapter 8 Minds, Computers, and Biology: Functionalism II Chapter 9 Does the Mental Matter? Eliminativism and Instrumentalism Part 10 Part Two: The Function of the Mind Chapter 11 Images and Concepts Chapter 12 What Do You Have in Mind? Theories of Mental Content Chapter 13 It's the Law: Mental Causation Chapter 14 Consciousness from B to Z Part 15 Glossary Part 16 Index Part 17 About the Author