DescriptionThis volume is an introduction to contemporary debates in the philosophy of mind. In particular, the author focuses on the controversial "eliminativist" and "instrumentalist" attacks - from philosophers such as of Quine, Dennett, and the Churchlands - on our ordinary concept of mind. In so doing, Rey offers an explication and defense of "mental realism", and shows how Fodor's representational theory of mind affords a compelling account of much of our ordinary mental talk of beliefs, hopes, and desires.
1. Problems and Preliminaries.
2. The Temptations to Dualism.
3. Eliminativism: Philosophical Issues.
4. Eliminativism: Empirical Issues.
5. Mentalism: Pre-Functionalist Views.
6. Functionalism: Commonalities.
7. Functionalism: Differences.
8. CRTT: Computation (Meeting Descartes' Challenge).
9. CRTT: Representation (Meeting Brentano's Challenge).
Replies to Common Objectives.
Further Capacities (Meeting Levine's Challenge).
"By covering a wide range of topics in a lively and entertaining style, Rey has written a book that is ideal for student use." Kenneth Taylor, Stanford University