Edited by a renowned scholar in the field, this anthology provides an extensive and varied collection of classical and contemporary readings in the philosophy of mind. Especially noteworthy are the substantial authoritative introductions to each section, which set extracts in context and guide the reader through them. The volume is organised into 12 sections, providing instructors with flexibility in designing and teaching a variety of courses. It contains 50 important writings on the philosophy of mind, with introductions to each section, discussion questions and guides to further reading. Perfect for undergraduate courses, this book offers the ideal, self-contained introduction to the philosophy of mind.
John Heil is Paul B. Freeland Professor of Philosophy at Davidson College and Professor of Philosophy at Monash University. He has taught or held research appointments at Brown University, the University of Rochester, Cornell University, the National Humanities Center, Virginia Commonwealth University and Randolph-Macon Woman's College.
1 HISTORICAL BACKGROUND ; 2 BEHAVIORISM AND MIND-BRAIN IDENTITY ; 3 ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE ; 4 FUNCTIONALISM ; 5 INTERPRETATIONISM ; 6 EXTERNALISM AND MENTAL CONTENT ; 7 SUBJECTIVITY AND SELF-KNOWLEDGE ; 8 CONSCIOUSNESS ; 9 REDUCTION ; 10 IS THE MIND-BODY PROBLEM SOLVABLE? ; 11 CHALLENGES TO CONTEMPORARY MATERIALISM