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on 2 February 2016
This is a very good book for those interested in the philosophy of mind. I am a Masters student and it has proven very useful for getting a grip on the basics. There are, however, some slightly better written and more detailed books out there e.g. John Heil's Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction.
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VINE VOICEon 6 August 2008
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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on 13 April 2010
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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