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The Philosophy of Mind An Introduction by Peter Smith, O. R. Jones

The Philosophy of Mind An Introduction



The Philosophy of Mind An Introduction by Peter Smith, O. R. Jones

This is a straightforward, elementary textbook for beginning students of philosophy. The general aim is to provide a clear introduction to the main issues arising in the philosophy of mind. Part I discusses the Cartesian dualist view which many find initially appealing, and contains a careful examination of arguments for and against. Part II introduces the broadly functionalist type of physicalism which has Aristotelian roots. This approach is developed to yield accounts of perception, action, belief and desire, and the emerging theory of the mind is compared at each stage with rival historical and contemporary views. In Part III the functionalist approach is further explored in giving analyses of sensation, thought and freedom of will. The discussions throughout are exceptionally clear, and the writing uncomplicated, to make available to the students a wealth of detailed argument in the philosophy of mind.


' ... unusually good of its kind ... The book has an impressive range and at least two, sometimes three, contrasting theories of each phenomenon are given full exposition and discussion. The richness of debate is thereby very well conveyed, and the books'
systematic and sympathetic discussions are exemplary

The Times Literary Supplement

'This is not 'philosophy made easy'. It is a very clever book indeed.'
The Times Higher Education Supplement

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Publication date

9th October 1986


Peter Smith, O. R. Jones

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Cambridge University Press


304 pages


Philosophy of mind



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