Mind: A Brief Introduction

Paperback | July 29, 2005

byJohn R. Searle

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"The philosophy of mind is unique among contemporary philosophical subjects," writes John Searle, "in that all of the most famous and influential theories are false." One of the world's most eminent thinkers, Searle dismantles these theories as he presents a vividly written, comprehensiveintroduction to the mind. He begins with a look at the twelve problems of philosophy of mind--which he calls "Descartes and Other Disasters"--problems which he returns to throughout the volume, as he illuminates such topics as materialism, consciousness, the mind-body problem, intentionality, mentalcausation, free will, and the self. The book offers a refreshingly direct and engaging introduction to one of the most intriguing areas of philosophy.

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"The philosophy of mind is unique among contemporary philosophical subjects," writes John Searle, "in that all of the most famous and influential theories are false." One of the world's most eminent thinkers, Searle dismantles these theories as he presents a vividly written, comprehensiveintroduction to the mind. He begins with a look ...

John Searle is at University of California, Berkeley.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 5.39 × 8.11 × 0.71 inPublished:July 29, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Why I Wrote This Book1. A Dozen Problems in the Philosophy of Mind2. The Turn to Materialism3. Arguments against Materialism4. Consciousness Part I: Consciousness and the Mind-Body Problem5. Consciousness Part II: The Structure of Consciousness and Neurobiology6. Intentionality7. Mental Causation8. Free Will9. The Unconscious and the Explanation of Behavior10. Perception11. The SelfEpilogue: Philosophy and the Scientific World-ViewNotesSuggestions for Further ReadingIndex

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"Mind finishes with a chapter whose title says it all, 'Philosophy and the Scientific World-View.' That masterful, three-page essay should top the required-reading list in every high school and college around the world. I believe that every thinking person concerned about the mind and itsplace in the world should own a copy. Easy to read, the book keeps philosophical jargon to a minimum. Pound per pound, you don't get much better value."--Science, Christof Koch, California Institute of Technology