Philosophy of Mind: A Comprehensive Introduction

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9781444333688: Philosophy of Mind: A Comprehensive Introduction

Philosophy of Mind introduces readers to one of the liveliest fields in contemporary philosophy by discussing mind-body problems and the various solutions to them. It provides a detailed yet balanced overview of the entire field that enables readers to jump immediately into current debates.

  • Treats a wide range of mind-body theories and arguments in a fair and balanced way
  • Shows how developments in neuroscience, biology, psychology, and cognitive science have impacted mind-body debates
  • Premise-by-premise arguments for and against each position enable readers to grasp the structure of each argument quickly and easily
  • Diagrams and illustrations help readers absorb the more complex ideas
  • Bibliographic essays at the end of each chapter bring readers up to date on the latest literature
  • Written in a clear, easy to read style that is free of technical jargon, and highly accessible to a broad readership 
  • The only book to explain systematically how a hylomorphic theory such as Aristotle’s can contribute to current mind-body debates and vie with current mind-body theories
  • Online chapters on free will and the philosophy of persons make the book a flexible teaching tool for general and introductory philosophy courses - available at www.wiley.com/go/jaworski

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Philosophy of Mind introduces readers to one of the liveliest fields in contemporary philosophy by discussing mind-body problems and the range of solutions to them: varieties of substance dualism, physicalism, dual-attribute theory, neutral monism, idealism, and hylomorphism. It treats each position fairly, in greater depth and detail than competing texts, and is written throughout in a clear, accessible style, that is easy to read, free of technical jargon, and presupposes no prior knowledge of philosophy of mind. The result is a balanced overview of the entire field that enables students and instructors to grasp the essential arguments and jump immediately into current debates.

Philosophy of Mind discusses the impact of neuroscience, biology, psychology, and cognitive science on mind-body debates. Bibliographic essays at the end of each chapter bring readers up to speed on the latest literature and allow the text to be used in conjunction with primary sources. Numerous diagrams and illustrations help newcomers grasp the more complex ideas, and chapters on free will and the philosophy of persons make the book a flexible teaching tool for general philosophy courses in addition to courses in philosophy of mind.

About the Author:

William Jaworski is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University, and the author of a range of articles dealing with topics in the philosophy of mind. In 2006, he was awarded the ACPA Young Scholar Award.

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