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Armstrong, David M. (1999). The Mind-Body Problem: An Opinionated Introduction. Westview Press.   (Cited by 20 | Google | More links)
Baldwin, M. (ed.) (1998). Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology. Westview.   (Cited by 67 | Google)
Barrell, J. (1954). A Philosophical Study Of The Human Mind. Philosophical Library.   (Google)
Bealer, George (1986). The logical status of mind. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 10:231-74.   (Cited by 2 | Google)
Beakley, Brian (ed.) (1991). The Philosophy of Mind: Classical Problems/Contemporary Issues. Cambridge: MIT Press.   (Cited by 16 | Google)
Abstract: The writings range from Plato and Descartes to Fodor and the POP research group, showing how many of the current concerns in the philosophy of mind and ...
Bechtel, William P. (1988). Philosophy of Mind: An Overview for Cognitive Science. Lawrence Erlbaum.   (Cited by 60 | Google | More links)
Abstract: Specifically designed to make the philosophy of mind intelligible to those not trained in philosophy, this book provides a concise overview for students and researchers in the cognitive sciences. Emphasizing the relevance of philosophical work to investigations in other cognitive sciences, this unique text examines such issues as the meaning of language, the mind-body problem, the functionalist theories of cognition, and intentionality. As he explores the philosophical issues, Bechtel draws connections between philosophical views and theoretical and experimental work in such disciplines as cognitive psychology, artificial intelligence, linguistics, neuroscience, and anthropology
Benton, Luke (ms). On the nature of a healthy mind.   (Google)
Boden, Margaret A. (2003). The Creative Mind. Routledge.   (Cited by 771 | Google | More links)
Braddon-Mitchell, David & Jackson, Frank (1997). Philosophy of Mind and Cognition. Blackwell.   (Cited by 137 | Google | More links)
Abstract: Blackwell, 2006 Review by Daniel Whiting, Ph.D. on Apr 3rd 2007 Volume: 11, Number: 14
Braddon-Mitchell, David (2007). The Philosophy of Mind and Cognition. Blackwell Pub..   (Google)
Abstract: David Braddon-Mitchell and Frank Jackson’s popular introduction to philosophy of mind and cognition is now available in a fully revised and updated edition. Ensures that the most recent developments in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science are brought together into a coherent, accessible whole. Revisions respond to feedback from students and teachers and make the volume even more useful for courses. New material includes: a section on Descartes’ famous objection to materialism; extended treatment of connectionism; coverage of the view that psychology is autonomous; fuller discussion of recent debates over phenomenal experience; and much more
Brennan, Geoffrey (ed.) (2007). Common Minds: Themes From the Philosophy of Philip Pettit. Oxford University Press.   (Google)
Abstract: Beyond program explanation -- Mental causation on the program model -- Can hunter-gatherers hear color? -- Structural irrationality -- Freedom, coercion, and discursive control -- Conversability and deliberation -- Petit's molecule -- Contestatory citizenship : deliberative denizenship -- Crime, responsibility, and institutional design -- Disenfranchised silence -- Joining the dots.
Brown, Harold I. (ed.) (1972). Studies in the Philosophy of Mind: Essays,. Oxford,Blackwell.   (Google)
Brun-Rovet, Etienne (2002). Reid, Kant and the philosophy of mind. Philosophical Quarterly 52 (209):495-510.   (Google | More links)
Burge, Tyler (2007). Foundations of Mind. Oxford University Press.   (Google)
Burge, Tyler (1992). Philosophy of language and mind: 1950-1990. Philosophical Review 100 (1):3-52.   (Cited by 28 | Annotation | Google | More links)
Carruthers, Peter (1986). Introducing Persons: Theories and Arguments in the Philosophy of Mind. SUNY Press.   (Cited by 13 | Google)
Carruthers, Peter (2003). The Nature of Mind. Routledge.   (Cited by 3 | Google | More links)
Carruthers, Peter (2004). The Nature of the Mind: An Introduction. Routledge.   (Google)
Abstract: Many people throughout the course of human history, across all human cultures, have believed themselves to be distinct from their physical bodies, and have used this belief to ground a hope for some form of life after death. The nature of the mind examines whether, and if so how, such beliefs can be rationally grounded. Clearly written and rigorously presented, this book is intended for use in undergraduate courses in philosophy of mind. Main topics covered include: · the problem of other minds, · the dualist/physicalist debate · the nature of personal identity and survival · mental-state concepts The book closes with a number of pointers towards more advanced work in the subject, especially concerning recent debates about intentionality and consciousness
Cassam, Quassim, Contemporary reactions to Descartes' philosophy of mind.   (Google)
Abstract: Overview It is widely assumed that Descartes’ philosophy of mind is organized around three major commitments. The first is to substance dualism. The second is to individualism about mental content. The third is to a particularly strong form of the doctrine of privileged firstperson access. Each of these commitments has been questioned by contemporary philosophers of mind. Substance dualism is generally regarded as a non-starter, individualism has come under attack from a number of different quarters, and the doctrine of privileged access has been watered down or rejected. Yet, at least as far as questions about mental content and privileged access are concerned, contemporary discussions still address what they represent as Descartes’ views. More often than not crude parodies of these views end up as the focus of discussion but more careful critics are usually prepared to recognize that Descartes’ philosophy of mind is more subtle and nuanced than the parodies might lead one to suppose
Chalmers, David J. (ed.) (2002). Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings. Oxford University Press.   (Cited by 42 | Google)
Abstract: What is the mind? Is consciousness a process in the brain? How do our minds represent the world? Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings is a grand tour of writings on these and other perplexing questions about the nature of the mind. The most comprehensive collection of its kind, the book includes sixty-three selections that range from the classical contributions of Descartes to the leading edge of contemporary debates. Extensive sections cover foundational issues, the nature of consciousness, and the nature of mental content. Three of the selections are published here for the first time, while many other articles have been revised especially for this volume. Each section opens with an introduction by the editor. Philosophy of Mind is suitable for students at all levels and also for general readers
Chappell, V. C. (1962). The Philosophy of Mind. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.,Prentice-Hall.   (Google)
Churchland, Paul M. (1984). Matter and Consciousness. MIT Press.   (Cited by 545 | Google | More links)
Abstract: The Mind-Body Problem Questions: What is the mind? What is its connection to the body? Most basic division of answers: Dualist and Materialist (or Physicalist) responses
Churchland, Paul M. & Churchland, Patricia S. (1998). On the Contrary: Critical Essays, 1987-1997. Cambridge: MIT Press.   (Cited by 23 | Google | More links)
Abstract: This collection was prepared in the belief that the most useful and revealing of anyone's writings are often those shorter essays penned in conflict with...
Cockburn, David (2001). An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind. Palgrave.   (Google)
Abstract: This book differs from others by rejecting the dualist approach associated in particular with Descartes. It also casts serious doubt on the forms of materialism that now dominate English language philosophy. Drawing in particular on the work of Wittgenstein, a central place is given to the importance of the notion of a human being in our thought about ourselves and others
Crane, Tim (2001). Elements of Mind: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind. Oxford University Press.   (Cited by 70 | Google)
Abstract: Elements of Mind provides a unique introduction to the main problems and debates in contemporary philosophy of mind. Author Tim Crane opposes those currently popular conceptions of the mind that divide mental phenomena into two very different kinds (the intentional and the qualitative) and proposes instead a challenging and unified theory of all the phenomena of mind. In light of this theory, Crane engages students with the central 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--and attempts to find solutions to these problems. A fresh and engaging exploration of the main issues in the philosophy of mind, Elements of Mind is easily accessible to students with no background in the subject
Crane, Tim (2004). Summary of elements of mind and replies to critics. Croatian Journal of Philosophy 4 (11):223-240.   (Google)
Abstract: Elements of Mind (EM) has two themes, one major and one minor. The major theme is intentionality, the mind’s direction upon its objects; the other is the mind–body problem. I treat these themes separately: chapters 1, and 3–5 are concerned with intentionality, while chapter 2 is about the mind–body problem. In this summary I will first describe my view of the mind–body problem, and then describe the book’s main theme. Like many philosophers, I see the mind–body problem as containing two sub–problems: the problem of mental causation and the problem of consciousness. I see these problems forming the two horns of a dilemma. Just as the problem of mental causation pushes us towards physicalism, so the problem of consciousness pushes us away from it. Each problem reveals the inadequacy of the solution to the other. Essentially the problem of mental causation is the conflict between (i) the apparent fact that mental states and events have effects in the physical world and (ii) a general principle about the causal nature of the physical world, which is sometimes called the ‘causal closure’ or the ‘causal completeness’ of the physical world. This principle says that all physical effects have physical causes which are enough to bring them about. The problem then is simple: how can a mental cause have a physical effect if that effect also has a physical cause which is enough to bring it about? Barring massive overdetermination of our actions by independent causes, it seems that the best answer is to identify the mental and the physical causes. And this is traditionally how physicalists have argued for their identity theory of mind and body. However, many physicalists reject the identity theory, and therefore they have to solve the mental causation problem in some other way. At present, there is no consensus among physicalists on which of the currently proposed solutions is correct. In chapter 2 of EM I propose an alternative, which I call ‘emergentism’. Inspired by the rejection of the identity theory, Emergentism is the idea that mental properties are genu..
Crane, Tim (2003). The Mechanical Mind: A Philosophical Introduction to Minds, Machines, and Mental Representation. Routledge.   (Cited by 50 | Google | More links)
Abstract: How can the human mind represent the external world? What is thought, and can it be studied scientifically? Does it help to think of the mind as a kind of machine? Tim Crane sets out to answer questions like these in a lively and straightforward way, presuming no prior knowledge of philosophy or related disciplines. Since its first publication in 1995, The Mechanical Mind has introduced thousands of people to some of the most important ideas in contemporary philosophy of mind. Tim Crane explains some fundamental ideas that cut across philosophy of mind, artificial intelligence and cognitive science: what the mind-body problem is; what a computer is and how it works; what thoughts are and how computers and minds might have them. He examines different models of the mind from dualist to eliminativist, and questions whether there can be thought without language and whether the mind is subject to the same causal lsaws as natural phenomena. The result is a fascinating exploration of the theories and arguments surrounding the notions of thought and representation. The edition has been fully revised and updated, and includes a new chapter on consciousness and new sections on modularity and evolutionary psychology. There are also guides for further reading, a chronology and a new glossary of terms such as mentalese, connectionism and the homonculus fallacy. The Mechanical Mind is accessible to the general reader as well as students, and anyone interested in the mechanism of our minds
Cunningham, Suzanne (2000). What Is a Mind?: An Integrative Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind. Hackett.   (Cited by 2 | Google)
Abstract: Designed for a first course in the philosophy of mind, this book has several distinctive features.
Davies, Martin (1995). The philosophy of mind. In Philosophy: A Guide Through the Subject. New York: Oxford University Press.   (Cited by 14 | Google)
Dennett, Daniel C. (1998). Brainchildren: Essays on Designing Minds. Cambridge: MIT Press.   (Cited by 103 | Google | More links)
Abstract: This book brings together his essays on the philosphy of mind, artificial intelligence, and cognitive ethology that appeared in inaccessible journals from 1984...
Dennett, Daniel C. (1978). Current issues in the philosophy of mind. American Philosophical Quarterly 15 (October):249-261.   (Cited by 20 | Google)
Dodwell, Peter (2000). Brave New Mind: A Thoughtful Inquiry Into the Nature and Meaning of Mental Life. Oxford University Press.   (Cited by 49 | Google)
Abstract: This book looks at how scientists investigate the nature of the mind and the brain, providing answers to these important questions.
Eacker, Jay N. (1975). Problems Of Philosophy And Psychology. Chicago Il: Nelson-Hall.   (Cited by 1 | Google)
Eccles, John C. & Robinson, Daniel N. (1984). The Wonder of Being Human: Our Brain and Our Mind. Free Press.   (Cited by 18 | Google)
Elevitch, Bernard (ed.) (2000). The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy, Volume 9: Philosophy of Mind. Charlottesville: Philosophy Doc Ctr.   (Google)
Farina, Mirko (forthcoming). Supersizing the Mind: Embodiment, Action and Cognitive Extension. http://www.humanamente.eu/Issue14.html.   (Google | More links)
Feigl, Herbert (ed.) (1958). Concepts, Theories, And The Mind-Body Problem. University of Minnesota Press.   (Cited by 7 | Google)
Gertler, Brie & Shapiro, Lawrence A. (eds.) (2007). Arguing About the Mind. Routledge.   (Google)
Abstract: Introduction -- Consciousness : what is the problem? -- Consciousness : how should it be studied? -- Is the mind physical? -- How is your mind related to your body? : how is it related to the world? -- What is the self? -- What can pathological cases teach us about the mind? -- How can we know whether-and what-non-human animals think? -- Can machines think? -- Is there intelligent life on other planets?
Gharbawi, Ayad (ms). Do You 'Exist' Every Moment In Your Existence? -.   (Google)
Goldman, Alvin I. (1993). Philosophical Applications of Cognitive Science. Westview Press.   (Google)
Abstract: One of the most fruitful interdisciplinary boundaries in contemporary scholarship is that between philosophy and cognitive science. Now that solid empirical results about the activities of the human mind are available, it is no longer necessary for philosophers to practice armchair psychology.In this short, accessible, and entertaining book, Alvin Goldman presents a masterly survey of recent work in cognitive science that has particular relevance to philosophy. Besides providing a valuable review of the most suggestive work in cognitive and social psychology, Goldman demonstrates conclusively that the best work in philosophy in a surprising number of different fields—including philosophy of science, epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics as well as philosophy of mind—must take into account empirical breakthroughs in psychology.One of those rare texts that will also be useful for professionals, Philosophical Applications of Cognitive Science is appropriate for students in a wide range of philosophy courses. It will also interest researchers and students in psychology who are intrigued by the wider theoretical implications of their work
Graham, George (1993). Philosophy of Mind: An Introduction. Blackwell.   (Cited by 15 | Google)
Gustafson, Donald F. (ed.) (1964). Essays In Philosophical Psychology. Anchor Books.   (Cited by 10 | Google)
Guttenplan, Samuel D. (ed.) (1994). A Companion to the Philosophy of Mind. Cambridge: Blackwell.   (Cited by 69 | Google | More links)
Guttenplan, Samuel D. (2000). Mind's Landscape: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind. Blackwell Publishers.   (Google | More links)
Haldane, John J. (1994). Analytical philosophy and the nature of mind: Time for another rebirth? In Richard Warner & Tadeusz Szubka (eds.), The Mind-Body Problem: A Guide to the Current Debate. Blackwell.   (Google)
Haldane, John J. (1998). A return to form in the philosophy of mind. Ratio 11 (3):253-277.   (Cited by 3 | Google | More links)
Haldane, John J. (2000). The state and fate of contemporary philosophy of mind. American Philosophical Quarterly 37 (3):301-21.   (Cited by 1 | Google)
Hampshire, Stuart (1966). Philosophy of Mind. New York, Harper & Row.   (Google)
Hannay, B. (1994). Subjectivity and Reduction: An Introduction to the Mind-Body Problem. Westview Press.   (Google)
Harman, Gilbert (1989). Some philosophical issues in cognitive science. In Michael I. Posner (ed.), Foundations of Cognitive Science. MIT Press.   (Cited by 9 | Google | More links)
Heal, Jane (2003). Mind, Reason, and Imagination: Selected Essays in Philosophy of Mind and Language. Cambridge University Press.   (Cited by 4 | Google | More links)
Abstract: Recent philosophy of mind has had a mistaken conception of the nature of psychological concepts. It has assumed too much similarity between psychological judgments and those of natural science and has thus overlooked the fact that other people are not just objects whose thoughts we may try to predict and control but fellow creatures with whom we talk and co-operate. In this collection of essays, Jane Heal argues that central to our ability to arrive at views about others' thoughts is not knowledge of some theory of the mind but rather an ability to imagine alternative worlds and how things appear from another person's point of view. She then applies this view to questions of how we represent others' thoughts, the shape of psychological concepts, the nature of rationality and the possibility of first person authority. This book should appeal to students and professionals in philosophy of mind and language
Hegel, G. W. F., Philosophy of mind.   (Google)
Heil, John (ed.) (2004). Philosophy of Mind: A Guide and Anthology. Oxford University Press.   (Cited by 2 | Google)
Abstract: Edited by a renowned scholar in the field, this anthology provides a comprehensive and self-contained introduction to the philosophy of mind. Featuring an extensive and varied collection of fifty classical and contemporary readings, it also offers substantial section introductions--which set the extracts in context and guide readers through them--discussion questions, and guides to further reading. Ideal for undergraduate courses, the book is organized into twelve sections, providing instructors with flexibility in designing and teaching a variety of courses
Heil, John (2004). Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction (Second Edition). New York: Routledge.   (Google)
Heil, John (2004). Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction. Routledge.   (Google)
Abstract: Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction covers the major topics typically studied in philosophy of mind and discusses the dualist, behaviorist, functionalist, interpretationist, and eliminativist accounts of the nature of mind, along with a critical assessment of the recent trends in the subject. This fully revised and updated version of the highly successful first edition builds on the previously addressed themes and expands on central topics. The new edition includes: * A brand new chapter on consciousness * An expansion of the Davidson and Dennett discussions, splitting them into two stand-alone chapters * A chapter looking at general issues associated with present day approaches to the theory of mind
Hook, Sidney (ed.) (1960). Dimensions Of Mind: A Symposium. NY: NEW YORK University Press.   (Cited by 10 | Google)
Horst, Steven (online). Mind and the World of Nature.   (Cited by 2 | Google)
Hornsby, Jennifer (2001). Simple Mindedness: In Defense of Naive Naturalism in the Philosophy of Mind. Harvard University Press.   (Cited by 34 | Google)
Joad, C. E. M. (1947). How Our Minds Work. Philosophical Library.   (Google)
Kenny, A. J. P. (ed.) (1972). The Nature Of Mind. Edinburgh University Press.   (Cited by 2 | Google)
Kim, Jaegwon (1996). Philosophy of Mind. Westview Press.   (Cited by 215 | Google | More links)
Abstract: 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 Kim’s 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 author’s 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
Kim, Jaegwon (2006). Philosophy of Mind (Second Edition). Boulder: Westview Press.   (Google)
King-Farlow, John (ed.) (1975). New Essays In The Philosophy Of Mind. Canadian Journal of Philosophy Supplementary Volume Series.   (Google)
Kukla, André & Walmsley, Joel (2006). Mind: A Historical and Philosophical Introduction to the Major Theories. Indianapolis: Hackett Pub.   (Google)
Lachs, John (1987). Mind And Philosophers. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press.   (Google)
Abstract: The essays collected in this volume and written between 1959-1980 clearly belong to professional philosophy in both tone and context. Yet their ultimate aim is to explore larger problems and to set the groundwork for dealing with them. For the focus of attention throughout is human nature, not so much in the details of its structure or its social and moral manifestations as in its most general features and constituents. What sort of beings we are and how mind and body are related is the question at the very core of all inquiries into human nature
Leiber, Justin (1999). George Graham, philosophy of mind: An introduction. Minds and Machines 9 (2).   (Google)
LePore, Ernest (ed.) (1991). John Searle and His Critics. Cambridge: Blackwell.   (Cited by 41 | Google)
Lindley, Richard Charles (1977). The Philosophy of Mind: A Bibliography. [University of Oxford, Sub-Faculty of Philosophy].   (Google)
Litch, Mary (1999). David braddon-Mitchell and Frank Jackson, the philosophy of mind and cognition. Minds and Machines 9 (2).   (Google)
Louch, A. R. (1968). Knowledge, mind and nature. An introduction to theory of knowledge and the philosophy of mind. Journal of the History of Philosophy 6 (3).   (Google)
Lowe, E. J. (2000). An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind. Cambridge University Press.   (Cited by 21 | Google | More links)
Abstract: In this book Jonathan Lowe offers a lucid and wide-ranging introduction to the philosophy of mind. Using a problem-centred approach designed to stimulate as well as instruct, he begins with a general examination of the mind-body problem and moves on to detailed examination of more specific philosophical issues concerning sensation, perception, thought and language, rationality, artificial intelligence, action, personal identity and self-knowledge. His discussion is notably broad in scope, and distinctive in giving equal attention to deep metaphysical questions concerning the mind and to the discoveries and theories of modern scientific psychology. It will be of interest to any reader with a basic grounding in modern philosophy
Lycan, William G. (ed.) (2002). Mind and Cognition: An Anthology, 2nd Edition. Blackwell.   (Cited by 72 | Google)
Lycan, William G. & Prinz, Jesse J. (eds.) (2008). Mind and Cognition: An Anthology. Blackwell Pub. Ltd.   (Google)
Abstract: First published in 1990, Mind and Cognition: An Anthology is now firmly established as a popular teaching apparatus for upper level undergraduate and graduate courses in the philosophy of mind
Lycan, William G. (ed.) (1990). Mind and Cognition: A Reader. Basil Blackwell.   (Google)
Lycan, William G. (1996). Philosophy of mind. In The Blackwell Companion to Philosophy. Cambridge: Blackwell.   (Cited by 5 | Google)
Lyons, William E. (2001). Matters of the Mind. New York: Routledge.   (Cited by 4 | Google | More links)
Abstract: In Matters of the Mind, William Lyons presents a popular and authoritative account of the very dramatic shifts of viewpoint in thinking about the mind in...
Lyons, William E. (ed.) (1995). Modern Philosophy of Mind. Charles E. Tuttle Co..   (Google)
Abstract: editor presents the latest philosophical scholarship in an introduction, and also includes an annotated bibliography, selected criticism and chronology of authors lives and times
Mackie, J. L. (1976). Problems From Locke. Clarendon Press.   (Google)
Madden, Edward H. (1966). The philosophy of mind, part V: Problems in the philosophy of mind. Southern Journal of Philosophy 4:33-40.   (Google)
Manson, Neil (2000). In critical condition: Polemical essays on cognitive science and the philosophy of mind by Jerry Fodor. Cambridge, Ma: MIT press, A Bradford book, 1999. Pp. X + 219 £19.95 h/b. Philosophy 75 (1):131-149.   (Google)
Mandik, Pete (2010). Key Terms in Philosophy of Mind. Continuum.   (Google)
Abstract: Introduction: What is philosophy of mind? -- The key terms -- The key thinkers -- The key texts.
Marres, Rene (1989). In Defense Of Mentalism: A Critical Review Of The Philosophy Of Mind. Amsterdam: Rodopi.   (Google)
Marsh, Leslie (2006). Review of Dennett's Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon. Journal of Mind and Behavior 27 (3-4):357-366.   (Google)
Abstract: The thesis that Dennett argues for in Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon has a double aspect. First, religion being but one natural phenomenon among many should be subject to scientific investigation. Resistance to this notion constitutes the first spell or taboo and is in complicity with the second “master” spell, that of the phenomenon of religion itself. Dennett’s tentative naturalistic recommendation is two-pronged: he primarily deploys an evolutionary biology perspective, and derivatively a highly suggestive appeal to memetics. To acknowledge that religion is natural “is only the beginning of the answer, not the end”. Religion as a natural phenomenon has to answer to Dennett’s Darwinist refrain — cui bono? (to whose advantage?). And derivatively, how or why highly exotic and implausible supernatural religious ideas (or memes) are transmitted and sustained? Humankind, naturally disposed cause-seeking creatures, are inclined to hypostasize all manner of beliefs (virtual agents free to evolve to amplify our yearnings or our dreads — when explanation of some phenomenon is not forthcoming — this constitutes the “master” spell.
Maslin, K. T. (2001). An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind. Blackwell.   (Google)
Abstract: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind provides a lively and accessible introduction to all the main themes and arguments currently being debated in this area. The book examines and criticizes four major theories of mind: Dualism, Mind/Brain Identity, Behaviourism and Functionalism. It argues that while consciousness and our mental lives depend upon physical processes in the brain, they are not reducible to those processes. The differences between mental and physical states, mind/body causality, the problem of other minds, and personal identity are also explored in full. The second edition of this well respected text has been revised to include a new chapter which explores Aristotle’s philosophy of psychology and mind. It also includes new material on the Turing test and has been expanded and updated throughout. The book is designed to help students think for themselves about all the issues identified above, and contains exercises throughout the text to stimulate and challenge the reader. Objectives are clearly set out at the start of every chapter to enable students to check their understanding as they proceed, and each chapter ends with questions to consider. There are discussions of the most cited contemporary writers in the field, so that the reader can gain a rounded perspective of the debates
Maund, Barry (2003). Perception. Acumen.   (Cited by 10 | Google | More links)
McCullock, G. (2002). The Life of the Mind. Routledge.   (Google)
McGinn, Colin (1982). The Character of Mind. Oxford University Press.   (Cited by 83 | Google)
McGinn, Colin (1996). The Character of Mind: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind. New York: Oxford University Press.   (Cited by 83 | Google)
Abstract: The Character of Mind provides a sweeping and accessible general introduction to the philosophy of mind. Colin McGinn covers all of the main topics--the mind-body problem, the nature of acquaintance, the relation between thought and language, agency, and the self.In particular, McGinn addresses the issue of consciousness, and the difficulty of combining the two very different perspectives on the mind that arise from introspection and from the observation of other people. This second edition has been updated with three new cutting-edge chapters on consciousness, content, and cognitive science to make it the reader of choice on this vital topic
McLaughlin, Brian P.; Beckermann, Ansgar & Walter, Sven (eds.) (2009). The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Mind. Oxford University Press.   (Google)
Abstract: The study of the mind has always been one of the main preoccupations of philosophers, and has been a booming area of research in recent decades, with remarkable advances in psychology and neuroscience. Oxford University Press now presents the most authoritative and comprehensive guide ever published to the philosophy of mind. An outstanding international team of contributors offer 45 specially written critical surveys of a wide range of topics relating to the mind. The first two sections cover the place of the mind in the natural world: its ontological status, how it fits into the causal fabric of the universe, and the nature of consciousness. The third section focuses on the much-debated subjects of content and intentionality. The fourth section examines a variety of mental capacities, including memory, imagination, and emotion. The fifth section looks at epistemic issues, in particular regarding knowledge of one's own and other minds. The volume concludes with a section on self, personhood, and agency. The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Mind will be an invaluable resource for advanced students and scholars of philosophy, and also for researchers in neighboring disciplines seeking a high-level survey of the state of the art in this flourishing field
Meyer, Rene (ed.) (1993). Aspects of Mind--Gilbert Ryle. Cambridge: Blackwell.   (Google)
Morick, Harold (ed.) (1970). Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind: Readings From Descartes to Strawson. Harvester Press.   (Google)
Abstract: Introductory essay: the privacy of physiological phenomena, by H. Morick.--Meditations I, II, and VI, by R. Descartes.--Descartes' myth, by G. Ryle.--I think, therefore I am, by A. J. Ayer.--Of personal identity, by D. Hume.--Hume on personal identity, by T. Penelhum.--Paralogisms of pure reason, by I. Kant.--Self, mind, and body, by P. F. Strawson.--Soul, by P. F. Strawson.--The distinction between mental and physical phenomena, by F. Brentano.--Brentano on descriptive psychology and the intentional, by R. Chisholm.--Note on the text, by R. Rhees.--Notes for lectures on "Private experience" and "Sense data," by L. Wittgenstein.--Consciousness and self, by J.-P. Sartre.--Self knowledge, by G. Ryle.--Wittgenstein's philosophical investigations, by N. Malcolm.--Is consciousness a brain process? By U. T. Place.--Persons, by P. F. Strawson.--Further readings (p. 309-311)
Morris, David (2007). Philosophy of Mind. In C. V. Boundas (ed.), The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Philosophies. Edinburgh University Press.   (Google)
Nair, Ranjit (ed.) (2001). Mind, Matter, and Mystery: Questions in Science and Philosophy. Scientia.   (Google)
Noë, Alva & Thompson, Evan (eds.) (2002). Vision and Mind: Selected Readings in the Philosophy of Perception. MIT Press.   (Cited by 12 | Google)
O'Connor, Timothy & Robb, David (eds.) (2003). Philosophy of Mind: Contemporary Readings. Routledge.   (Cited by 2 | Google)
Abstract: Philosophy of Mind: Contemporary Readings is a comprehensive anthology that draws together leading philosophers writing on the major topics within philosophy of mind. Robb and O'Connor have carefully chosen articles under the following headings: *Substance Dualism and Idealism *Materialism *Mind and Representation *Consciousness Each section is prefaced by an introductory essay by the editors which guides the student gently into the topic in which leading philosophers are included. The book is highly accessible and user-friendly and provides a broad-ranging exploration of the subject. Ideal for any philosophy student, this book will prove essential reading for any philosophy of mind course. The readings are designed to complement John Heil's Philosophy of Mind:A Contemporary Introduction, (Routledge 1998), although the anthology can also be used as a stand-alone volume
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