Introduction to Philosophy: Philosophy of Mind
Copyright Year: 2019
Publisher: Rebus Community
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The book ignores current work in Cognitive Science. This work has a large impact on the discourse about Philosophy of Mind. Book does not have an index or glossary. read more
The book ignores current work in Cognitive Science. This work has a large impact on the discourse about Philosophy of Mind. Book does not have an index or glossary.
In the areas it covered it did a good job. I would caution that when it discussed Functionalism I was expecting William James' pragmatism based on the title but in reading the chapter they spoke of something completely different. I would have chosen a different chapter title.
Again there is the issue of ignoring Cognitive Science. I also think they will soon have to include AI and this will be more difficult in that I think it would have to be both a separate chapter as well as being included in several chapters (e.g. Chapters 3&4)
This is clear for someone with at least some knowledge of the structure of Philosophical argument. For example, it presents arguments based on limiting assumptions (e.g., conservation of energy in Chap 4) while acknowledging that this limitation has been challenged in contemporary physics. Or setting the limit of 'common sense' even though this is a very weak argument. So the issue is that these parameters are presented as more effective than they are.
Overall there is consistency within the chapters but there is some variance between chapters. This variance is somewhat in terminology but more in terms of chapter organization, Neither of these are a real issue.
The chapters are organized so that sections can largely stand alone and each chapter can largely stand alone. There is some self-reference between chapters but they stand without this.
Ther early part of the text follows a logical topic development. This breaks down in the last few chapters.
This is a straight PDF (or at least what I read) so the topic of interface is irrelevant. Text & the few images are clear.
No error I am aware of.
I am an 'old white man' so may not be the most sensitive but I found no issues with this.
I would have liked some of the arguments to have more of a framework.
Table of Contents
- 1. Substance Dualism in Descartes
- 2. Materialism and Behaviorism
- 3. Functionalism
- 4. Property Dualism
- 5. Qualia and Raw Feels
- 6. Consciousness
- 7. Concepts and Content
- 8. Freedom of the Will
About the Book
Introduction to Philosophy: Philosophy of Mind surveys the central themes in philosophy of mind and places them in a historical and contemporary context intended to engage first-time readers in the field. It focuses on debates about the status and character of the mind and its seemingly subjective nature in an apparently more objective world.
About the Contributors
Eran Asoulin, Paul Richard Blum, Tony Cheng, Daniel Haas, Jason Newman, Henry Shevlin, Elly Vintiadis, Heather Salazar (Editor), and Christina Hendricks (Series Editor)
Heather Salazar and Christina Hendricks