Philosophy of Mind: A Beginner's Guide
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Philosophy of Mind: A Beginner's Guide

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Designed specifically for students with no background knowledge in the subject, this accessible introduction covers all of the basic concepts and major theories in the philosophy of mind. Topics discussed include dualism, behaviorism, the identity theory, functionalism, the computational theory of mind, connectionism, physicalism, mental causation, and consciousness. The t...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2005)
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Leo Horovitz
This is a fairly good overview of the subject, covering several different areas. A decent understanding of some main problems and approaches is obtained by reading it, but a more in-depth treatment would have been nice. As it is, it comes of as something of a "philosophy of mind for dummies". There probably is room for such a book, perhaps as an overview for people not studying the subject of philosophy who just want to know a little of what it is all about, but it strikes me as lacking as an in...more
Katariina Kottonen
A part of obligatory reading for university, yet quite a good introduction into the area, so I wasn't half sorry I had to take this book. Fairly easy and accessible; tends to treat certain subjects without underlining the connections between them (e.g. superstoic and pain-zombie experiments are given as if entirely unconnected), so probably better seen as a introductory study of separate topics, discussed in separate chapters.

Overall, a good first step.
Brandon
I understood some of the words in this book. It was kinda like that scene in The Princess Bride, when Vizzini is trying to figure out which chalice the posion was put into, "...but you must have KNOWN I was not a great-fool, you would've counted on it, so I clearly cannot choose the poison in front of me..."
Matthew Baker
Starting an OU course in the Philosophy of Mind and read this as a taster. I have relly enjoyed it - everything is as simple as possible, and no simpler. I hope the course itself is half as interesting as this book!
Pasparto
یک مقدمه خوب به فلسفه ذهن با ساختار و ترتیب مناسب ارائه محتوا. ترجمه کتاب هم روان و خوبه
Katie
Very clear but some of his arguments were just weird.
Danny
Pretty good. Not as detailed as Kim.
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