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Philosophy of Mind: A Very Short Introduction


Barbara Gail Montero

January 2022

Very Short Introductions

How do we define consciousness or intentionality? Is the neurophysiology of pain all there is to pain? How do words and mental pictures come to represent things in the world? Do computers think? Barbara Montero tackles these and other thorny issues at the heart of the field of philosophy of mind.

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The Linguistics of Humor: An Introduction


Salvatore Attardo

June 2020

This book is the first comprehensive and systematic introduction to the linguistics of humor, exploring not only theoretical linguistic analyses, but also topics from applied linguistics. It will be a valuable resource for students from advanced undergraduate level upwards, particularly those coming to linguistics from related disciplines.

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Albert Camus: A Very Short Introduction


Oliver Gloag

February 2020

Very Short Introductions

Albert Camus is one of the best known philosophers of the twentieth century, as well as a widely read novelist. This book contextualises Camus in his troubled and conflicted times, and analyses the enduring popularity of his major philosophical and literary works in connection with contemporary political, social, and cultural issues.

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Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition


Susan Blackmore

September 2017

Very Short Introductions

Some of our most burning questions surround consciousness: What creates our identity? Do we really have free will? Is consciousness itself an illusion? The rapid rate of developments in brain science continues to open up debate on these issues. This book clarifies the complex arguments and illuminates the major theories on consciousness.

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The Multiple Realization Book


Thomas W. Polger, Lawrence A. Shapiro

July 2016

Thomas W. Polger and Lawrence A. Shapiro offer the first full investigation of multiple realization—the idea that minds can be realized in ways other than the human brain. They cast doubt on the hypothesis and offer an alternative framework for understanding explanations in the cognitive sciences, and in chemistry, biology, and related fields.

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The Emperor's New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics


Roger Penrose

April 2016

In his bestselling work of popular science, Sir Roger Penrose takes us on a fascinating tour through the basic principles of physics, cosmology, mathematics, and philosophy to show that human thinking can never be emulated by a machine.

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Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction


Jennifer Nagel

September 2014

Very Short Introductions

Human beings naturally desire knowledge. But what is knowledge? Is it the same as having an opinion? Highlighting the major developments in the theory of knowledge from Ancient Greece to the present day, Jennifer Nagel uses a number of simple everyday examples to explore the key themes and current debates of epistemology.

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The Oxford Handbook of the Self


Shaun Gallagher

September 2013

Oxford Handbooks

The Oxford Handbook of the Self explores a fascinating diversity of questions about our understanding of self from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives, including philosophy, ethics, psychology, neuroscience, psychopathology, narrative, and postmodern theories.

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Reality: A Very Short Introduction


Jan Westerhoff

November 2011

Very Short Introductions

'What is real?' has been one of the key questions of philosophy since its beginning in antiquity. But it is not just a question that philosophers ask. This Very Short Introduction discusses what reality is by looking at a variety of arguments, theories, and thought-experiments from philosophy, physics, and cognitive science.

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Philosophy of Mind: A Beginner's Guide


Ian Ravenscroft

March 2005

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Philosophy of Mind: A Guide and Anthology


John Heil

October 2003

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