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Philosophy of Mind: A Comprehensive Introduction [Hardcover]

William Jaworski

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18 April 2011 1444333674 978-1444333671 1
Philosophy of Mind introduces readers to one of the liveliest fields in contemporary philosophy by discussing mind–body problems and the various solutions to them. It provides a detailed yet balanced overview of the entire field that enables readers to jump immediately into current debates. Treats a wide range of mind–body theories and arguments in a fair and balanced way Shows how developments in neuroscience, biology, psychology, and cognitive science have impacted mind–body debates Premise–by–premise arguments for and against each position enable readers to grasp the structure of each argument quickly and easily Diagrams and illustrations help readers absorb the more complex ideas Bibliographic essays at the end of each chapter bring readers up to date on the latest literature Written in a clear, easy to read style that is free of technical jargon, and highly accessible to a broad readership   The only book to explain systematically how a hylomorphic theory such as Aristotle’s can contribute to current mind–body debates and vie with current mind–body theories Online chapters on free will and the philosophy of persons make the book a flexible teaching tool for general and introductory philosophy courses – available at

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"Summing Up: Recommended. Lower–level undergraduate through graduate students." (Choice, 1 December 2011)     --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


" Philosophy of Mind is an incredibly active field thanks in part to the recent explosion of work in the sciences of the mind. Jaworski′s book is a well–written, comprehensive, and sophisticated primer on all the live positions on the mind–body problem, including various kinds of physicalism, emergentism, and his own favorite, hylomorphism. This is a serious and responsible book for philosophy students, philosophers, and mind scientists who want to understand where they stand philosophically." — Owen Flanagan , Duke University

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5.0 out of 5 stars It's all clear to me now! 29 Aug 2012
By Martin J. Kulp - Published on
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Philosophy of mind is a huge topic, and I think is at the core of the most fundamental questions we can ask. Does reality consist of matter, or mind, or some mix of the two? God? No God? All of these questions seem to center around the nature of the mind, and so digging into this topic might help resolve the bigger questions, or at least point in the right direction.

But...the topic is huge and a bit difficult for the layman, partially because of the large taxonomy of theories. I've read a few introductory books on the topic, but I was still foggy about a number of things. Especially regarding non-reductive physicalism and property dualism. What is the difference? Some people seem to use them interchangeably. In addition, they split into a number of other theories: emergence, supervenience, realization, and so on.

Finally, this book makes everything clear. It should be a prerequisite before reading any other philosophy of mind articles, since most of those assume a familiarity with the background and history of the topic. After reading this book, I now know exactly what philosophers mean when they say that the mind cannot be reduced to the brain.

No philosophy of mind book is without it's author's biases and leanings towards his favorite theory, and this book is no different. But the good news is that it is clearly delineated. The first two thirds of the book simply lay out all the different theories, and the arguments for and against them. The last portion is about hylomorphism, the author's own favorite theory. So it is more like two books in one. Many other books I've found to consist of the author's case being built from page one, and only going through the other theories in order to show what's wrong with them.

This book is more dry, but in a good and readable way. "Here is what dualism says, here are the arguments for it, and here are the arguments against is what non-reductive physicalism says, and here are the arguments for it, and the arguments against it."

Everything in this dense topic feels clear to me now, and I highly recommend this book as a FIRST book to read if you are interested.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Textbook Ever 22 Feb 2014
By Talib Al-Janabi - Published on
Philosophy of Mind: A Comprehensive Introduction is hands down the single best textbook I've ever had for any of my philosophy courses. This is coming from a philosophy undergrad. The author has a real talent at explaining things. Much better than those useless anthologies that are normally used.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Overview 22 May 2014
By JackyBabyT - Published on
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In this text Jaworski lays out (as best he can) the major arguments within Philosophy of Mind. By giving the major theories and his examples to try and make them clear the book gives any reader a solid base with which to proceed in the field.

While some important thinkers are missing, it is nothing that hurts the books credibility. If you are considering getting into the field, this is the way to go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phil of Mind 12 Jan 2013
By Pen Name - Published on
Quite an interesting book. A Well thought out, organized approach to a very interesting and broad subject. Very thought-provoking. Indeed this author is a scholar of alot more than just philosophy.
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