Elements of Mind: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind

Paperback | September 1, 2001

byTim Crane

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This accessible and lively introduction considers the main problems and debates in contemporary philosophy of mind. The central theme of the book is that intentionality, or the mind's direction upon its objects - sometimes described as the mind's power to represent or be 'about' things - isthe essential feature of all mental phenomena. Crane engages in a subsidiary theme, the mind-body problem, asking to what extent a physicalist reductive account of mental phenomena is possible, or even necessary. Proposing an original and unified theory of all the phenomena of mind, Crane opposesthose currently popular conceptions of the mind which divide mental phenomena into two very different kinds, the intentional and the qualitative. In the light of his theory, Crane gives an account of the main problems of the philosophy of mind: the mind-body problem, the problem of intentionality(or mental representation), the problem of consciousness, and the problem of perception. He also attempts to give solutions to these problems. This book provides an fresh and engaging exploration of those questions at the centre of the philosophy of mind in an accessible and lucid style which will appeal to all students, including those new to the subject.

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This accessible and lively introduction considers the main problems and debates in contemporary philosophy of mind. The central theme of the book is that intentionality, or the mind's direction upon its objects - sometimes described as the mind's power to represent or be 'about' things - isthe essential feature of all mental phenomena....

Tim Crane is Reader in Philosophy at University College London, and Director of the Philosophy Programme at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. He is the author or editor of numerous articles and several books.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.47 inPublished:September 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Elements of Mind: Excellent Introductory book! Elements of Mind: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind By far one of the most easily readable Introduction books written on this subject. I would highly recommend this book.
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Table of Contents

1. Mind2. Body3. Consciousness4. Thought5. PerceptionBibliographyIndex

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`Tim Cranes' Elements of Mind is an outstandingly good introduction to the crucial philosophical project of elucidating our everyday, non-scientific self-conception. Combining exemplary clarity with richness and depth of argumentation, it explores and explains the mental phenomena ofintentionality, consciousness, thought, and perception, as well as the relationship between the mind and the physical world ... Elements of Mind is a really excellent book. Crane has chosen his starting point, his approach and his range of topics well and maintains the clarity of exposition that isso crucial for an introductory book. With this he combines richness of insight, depth of argument, and genuine originality, ensuring that Elements of Mind will repay the attention of every reader, whether beginner or expert.'Martin Davies, Professor of Philosophy, Australian National University