An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind
July 2007, Polity
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.
How to Use This Book.
Chapter 1 The Mind/Body Problem.
Chapter 2 Dualism.
Chapter 3 The Mind/Brain Identity Theory.
Chapter 4 Analytical Behaviourism.
Chapter 5 Functionalism.
Chapter 6 Taking Consciousness Seriously: Non-Reductive Monism.
Chapter 7 Psycho-Physical Causation.
Chapter 8 An Aristotelian Perspective.
Chapter 9 The Problem of Other Minds.
Chapter 10 Personal Identity as Physical Continuity.
Chapter 11 Personal Identity as Psychological Continuity.
- 2nd edition of this well respected and popular introduction to
the philosophy of mind
- Fully updated and expanded throughout
- Includes a new chapter which explores Aristotle’s
philosophy of psychology and mind
- Designed to help students think for themselves and contains
exercises throughout the text to stimulate and challenge the
- An excellent introduction to this subject for A-Level and first year undergraduates
Professor Roger Trigg, University of Warwick
"Students and teachers of the philosophy of mind will welcome
the second edition of Keith Maslin's book. It is delightfully clear
and user-friendly, yet with sufficient depth to lead students into
the philosophical debates conducted in primary texts: qualities
which made the first edition so popular - and deservedly so."
Trevor Hussey, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College