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Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy)

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This comprehensive textbook, written by a leading author in the field, provides a survey of mainstream conceptions of the nature of mind accessible to readers with little or no background in philosophy. Included are the dualist, behaviourist, and functionalist accounts of the nature of mind, along with a critical assessment of recent trends in the subject. The problem of c ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 26th 1998 by Routledge (first published May 28th 1998)
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Richard Newton
Jan 02, 2014 Richard Newton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is a very good introduction to philosophy of mind, in parts. As a general introduction it is very good. There are parts which explain things more clearly than any other similar textbook I have read (e.g. Kim's philosophy of mind). But it is not a deep as Kim's book and the coverage is not as thorough - for example I found nothing on anomalous monism, which I would have thought was a fairly central part of contemporary philosophy of mind. Additionally, the last two chapters, which whils ...more
Rachael
Oct 14, 2011 Rachael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heil does an admirable job of presenting in a fairly clear fashion the major schools of thought in the philosophy of mind. Beware that he does have his own views and presents them unapologetically in the last two chapters (a view I disagree with, actually) but he gives fair warning at the beginning of the book. He takes a lot of time to discuss why neuroscience alone cannot be the final arbiter of the important questions, particularly when it comes to understanding the basic nature of consciousn ...more
Adam
Oct 05, 2010 Adam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Can't say I was too much of a fan of Heil's approach or his own theory he presents in the final two chapters. He's just not a very good writer, and much of this book seems sort of dry. It's a somewhat useful book for those looking for a very short introductory text, but I think that Phil of Mind unlike, say, Ethics, works best with a historical introduction. The problem here is that Heil essentially works by telling us about theories and their proponents, and then briefly the major pros and cons ...more
Ron
Jul 27, 2011 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book provided me with exactly what I was looking for- a detailed introduction to the various theories of mind which are circulating among contemporary philosophers. Heil provides his opinion of the strengths and weaknesses of each theory and more importantly provides an extensive suggested reading list at the end of each chapter. The book is not light reading but I would have been disappointed if it was. This is not "fast food" philosophy the content requires thought and some familiarity wi ...more
Tony
Jan 24, 2016 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A good introduction that sets out the different philosophical schools of thought about the nature of Mind - Can be easily read by a non-specialist.
Alexander
The emphasis on ontology makes for tough going at times, but it seems to me, at least, that Heil is right to insist on its importance for doing philosophy of mind. A very lucid guide to a very interesting subject.
Matt
It was fine. Definitely useful, but maybe trying too hard to push metaphysics on the situation. However, I know many appreciate that about Heil.
Dave
Jan 25, 2008 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one was a textbook. Nevertheless, its the best introduction to philosophy of mind out there.
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