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Philosophy of Mind: A Beginner's Guide [Paperback]

Ian Ravenscroft
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10 Mar 2005
Philosophy of Mind: A Beginner's Guide provides the most accessible introduction to the philosophy of mind. Specifically aimed at beginning students with no background knowledge in the subject, Ravenscroft brings together all of the basic concepts and major theories. The text is supported by many pedagogical aids including chapter summaries, a glossary, further reading suggestions and self-assessment questions.

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (10 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199252548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199252541
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.1 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ian Ravenscroft completed his PhD at the Research School of Social Science, Australian National University. After spending a year teaching in the Philosophy Department at the University of Auckland, he became an ARC Research Associate at Flinders University. In 1998, Ian moved to the Philosophy Department at King's College London, where he directed the graduate program in the philosophy of mental disorder. He is now back at Flinders University.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Basics we may have Forgotten 13 April 2010
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Some of the concepts explained in this book are ones I have come across before. But the clarity of explanation here clears out some dusty corners of this mind.

Very useful in helping to decide if the subject is one to follow up by deeper study or a University course.

A stimulating read and one that many could benefit by, before 'holding forth' without real insight.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By A. I. Mackenzie VINE VOICE
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I've actually owned this book for a couple of years and it's one of the few Philosophy of Mind textbooks you can read without having gone an a course first.

It covers the ground from Descartes to Conciousness in sprightly fashion and gives really good summaries. The chapters on Conciousness really saved me in a recent exam where I dredged them up for a question on Conciousness (on Mary the colour blind scientist) where I couldn't answer any other questions in the section.

It's probably better as a summary rather than for essays where you may need some supplemental info see Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy) and Philosophy of Mind: An Introduction (Introducing Philosophy) for this.

Recommended for the struggling student.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The only intro that covers all the contemporary bases 21 Aug 2010
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(4 1/2 STARS) This is the only Philosophy of Mind intro book that covers all of the big debates in current philosophy of mind. You don't find many intro books mentioning debates about access consciousness and mental causation, for example. (i.e. the more recent mental causation debate involving Kim et al., not the Cartesian debate.) It's very well organized by topic, and clearly written. But it moves pretty fast, and I think it therefore might not be suitable for a complete newcomer to the topic, at least not as the only intro book someone reads. Rather, a newcomer should read several intro books... but DEFINITELY make this one of them.

[Note that one might argue Kim's "Philosophy of Mind" is an intro book that covers all the contemporary debates, but I think that book is too difficult to be considered an intro book for newcomers.]
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3.0 out of 5 stars not really... 14 Mar 2012
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Ravenscroft critiques Descartes' Meditations. I don't think it was very good or very useful. In beginner's philo I found it much more useful to just read Descartes and Hume or just go to a local meditation center and do some quality contemplation. The result here would take you further than this "Philo of Mind."

This guy Ravenscroft is taught in academia, which I find hard to believe that the collegiate world associates this particular philosopher with reflective prose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 2 Jun 2008
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This is a great book. Required for my class. You can probably find this book a few bucks cheaper. I rather pay the extra dough and save on time and hassle wasted like waiting in line during the beginning days of school or waiting for the auction to end or hoping the seller ships your book to get it before the beginning weeks of class. Just save time and sanity and purchase from amazon.
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