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The Philosophy of Mind (Dimensions of Philosophy) [Paperback]

Jaegwon Kim
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2 Mar 2005 Dimensions of Philosophy
The philosophy of mind has always been a staple of the philosophy curriculum. But it has never held a more important place than it does today, with both traditional problems and new topics often sparked by the developments in the psychological, cognitive, and computer sciences. Jaegwon Kims Philosophy of Mind is the classic, comprehensive survey of the subject. Now in its second edition, Kim explores, maps, and interprets this complex and exciting terrain. Designed as an introduction to the field for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students, Philosophy of Mind focuses on the mind/body problem and related issues, some touching on the status of psychology and cognitive science. The second edition features a new chapter on Cartesian substance dualism-a perspective that has been little discussed in the mainstream philosophy of mind and almost entirely ignored in most introductory books in philosophy of mind. In addition, all the chapters have been revised and updated to reflect the trends and developments of the last decade. Throughout the text, Kim allows readers to come to their own terms with the central problems of the mind. At the same time, the authors own emerging views are on display and serve to move the discussion forward. Comprehensive, clear, and fair, Philosophy of Mind is a model of philosophical exposition. It is a major contribution to the study and teaching of the philosophy of mind.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press Inc; 2nd Revised edition edition (2 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813342694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813342696
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 15 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 736,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Kim's book is the best general survey of metaphysics of mind. It brims with arresting arguments and lucid points of exposition. Kim's own philosophical judgment is not suppressed, but he gives sympathetic accounts of opposing views. Perhaps no other text accessible to undergraduates is so often consulted by professional philosophers. Most chapters have been augmented in this third edition, but its most distinctive feature is its expanded discussion of consciousness." -Bernard W. Kobes, Arizona State University Praise for Previous Editions: "Like the highly acclaimed earlier edition, this book provides an extremely useful, state-of-the-art introduction to the philosophy of mind. Thanks to his incomparably lucid style, the author is able to discuss the issues at greater depth than is generally attempted in an introductory text, thus also providing a very accessible introduction to his own challenging and influential views on the mind-body problem. Really a wonderful book, useful to students and researchers alike." -Ausonio Marras, University of Western Ontario "An introductory survey to philosophy of mind, this work is impressive equally for its clarity and depth as an overview and its forcefulness as an original contribution to its subject." -Choice "I really cannot say enough about the quality of this book. It is the work of a top-flight original philosopher adept at explaining difficult issues with remarkable clarity. An admirable textbook, it represents a notable philosophical achievement as well." -John Heil, Davidson College "Kim is one of the most influential philosophers of mind...and it is no surprise that Philosophy of Mind exemplifies the sort of clarity of exposition and familiarity with the issues we have come to expect from him...Kim's book is an excellent work...It would contribute to a fine course in philosophy of mind." -Philosophia Christi --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Jaegwon Kim is William Perry Faunce Professor of Philosophy at Brown University. He is the author of Supervenience and Mind; Mind in a Physical World; Physicalism, or Something Near Enough; Essays in the Metaphysics of Mind; and many important papers on the philosophy of mind, metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophy of science. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This is a really clear exposition of the current state of thinking on this subject. If you want an entry point to what Phil of Mind is all about, this is it.
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Kim has written a truly excellent introduction to the philosophy of mind. It is a book that many other writers of philosophical introductions could learn from - it is deep enough but does not pretend or try to cover everything, it is sufficiently broad, and most of all it is well written. Kim has his own opinions and he makes them clear, but as is appropriate in an introductory text he explains both sides of the arguments. It provides an exceptionally clear explanation of a complex topic and is a very good stepping stone to further studies, although for many it will be sufficient in itself.
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Kim's work is the clearest introduction to major issues in the philosophy of mind in print. Much written in the field is convluted and Delphic in every aspect except length. This work is an excellent place to begin an examination. The chapters on functionialism are especially excellent.
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