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An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind [Paperback]

Keith Maslin
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5 May 2007
An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind provides a lively and accessible introduction to all the main themes and arguments currently being debated in this area. The book examines and criticizes four major theories of mind: Dualism, Mind/Brain Identity, Behaviourism and Functionalism. It argues that while consciousness and our mental lives depend upon physical processes in the brain, they are not reducible to those processes. The differences between mental and physical states, mind/body causality, the problem of other minds, and personal identity are also explored in full. The second edition of this well respected text has been revised to include a new chapter which explores Aristotle’s philosophy of psychology and mind. It also includes new material on the Turing test and has been expanded and updated throughout. The book is designed to help students think for themselves about all the issues identified above, and contains exercises throughout the text to stimulate and challenge the reader. Objectives are clearly set out at the start of every chapter to enable students to check their understanding as they proceed, and each chapter ends with questions to consider. There are discussions of the most cited contemporary writers in the field, so that the reader can gain a rounded perspective of the debates.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Polity Press; 2Rev Ed edition (5 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745640745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745640747
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 17.2 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 469,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A lucid and masterly survey of the problems that arise in this area, written in a way that should encourage readers to think for themselves about the issues." Professor Roger Trigg, University of Warwick "Students and teachers of the philosophy of mind will welcome the second edition of Keith Maslin′s book. It is delightfully clear and user–friendly, yet with sufficient depth to lead students into the philosophical debates conducted in primary texts: qualities which made the first edition so popular – and deservedly so." Trevor Hussey, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College

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An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind provides a lively and accessible introduction to all the main themes and arguments currently being debated in this area. The book examines and criticizes four major theories of mind: Dualism, Mind/Brain Identity, Behaviourism and Functionalism. It argues that while consciousness and our mental lives depend upon physical processes in the brain, they are not reducible to those processes. The differences between mental and physical states, mind/body causality, the problem of other minds, and personal identity are also explored in full. The second edition of this well respected text has been revised to include a new chapter which explores Aristotle’s philosophy of psychology and mind. It also includes new material on the Turing test and has been expanded and updated throughout. The book is designed to help students think for themselves about all the issues identified above, and contains exercises throughout the text to stimulate and challenge the reader. Objectives are clearly set out at the start of every chapter to enable students to check their understanding as they proceed, and each chapter ends with questions to consider. There are discussions of the most cited contemporary writers in the field, so that the reader can gain a rounded perspective of the debates.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Book 16 Jan 2011
By jimbo87
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Classic philosophy entry level book. I just wanted something to get me thinking and it does at an intellectual level.
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Maslin's book is an excellent introduction to the Philosophy of Mind. He introduces various topics (dualism, functionalism, behaviourism, mind and body problem etc) in this book and gives a good analysis of each topic at the end of each chapter. This book was a recommended text for us as undergraduate students studying philosophy of mind at university. I can give you assurance that it is not your average alevel text and definitely does have complexity and depth to which even undergraduates find difficult to tackle.
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If you are an A' level student or just learning about the philosophy of mind for the first time, then this book is a clear winner. Despite this being a new book on the market, it as been adopted at my college as an essential reference guide and teaching aid for the 4th unit of the new A' level philosophy course. I have searched through many books on this subject and most are either aimed at students who already have some foundation knowledge in the philosophy of mind and therefore, are too advanced or are just too vague for the needs of students starting out with their studies of the mind. Maslin, being a 6th form philosophy teacher, addresses these issues in a far more efficient way than many other more 'academic' approaches I have come across.
This one volume deals with all the main approaches to the mind/body problems: Cartesian dualism, identity theory (both type-type and token-token), epiphenomenalism, analytical behaviourism, functionalism, and non-reductive monism. Each theory is fully explained and critically analysed in turn. Other mind/body problems are also addressed individually: psycho-physical causation, the problem of other minds and continued personal identity through the physical and the psychological. At the beginning of each chapter there is a set of 'objectives' that the reader should be able to fulfil upon completion of the chapter. There are also exercises and questions throughout the book aimed to help the reader think about the problems being discussed and test knowledge. Each chapter concludes with a helpful further reading list. A glossary of useful terms in also included at the back of the book.
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