Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction

4th Edition

John Heil

September 11, 2019 Forthcoming
Textbook - 344 Pages - 41 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138581012 - CAT# K376238
Series: Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy

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The book is intended as a reader-friendly introduction to issues in the philosophy of mind, including mental–physical causal interaction, computational models of thought, the relation minds bear to brains, and assorted -isms: behaviorism, dualism, eliminativism, emergentism, functionalism, materialism, neutral monism, and panpsychism. The Fourth Edition reintroduces a chapter on Donald Davidson, and a discussion of ‘Non-Cartesian Dualism’, along with a wholly new chapter on emergence and panpsychism. A concluding chapter draws together material in earlier chapters and offers what the author regards as a plausible account of the mind’s place in nature. Suggested readings at the conclusion of each chapter have been updated, with a focus on accessible, nontechnical material.

Key Features of the 4th Edition

  • Includes a new chapter, "Emergence and Panpsychism" (Chapt. 13), reflecting growing interest in these areas
  • Re-introduces and updates a chapter on Donald Davidson, "Radical Interpretation" (Chapt. 8) that was excised from the previous edition
  • Updates "Descartes' Legacy" (Chapt. 3) to include a discussion of E. J. Lowe's arresting "Non-Cartesian Dualism," also removed from the previous edition
  • Includes a highly revised final chapter, which draws together much of the previous material and sketches a plausible account of the mind’s place in nature
  • Updated Suggested Reading Lists at the end of each chapter


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