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Philosophy of Mind: A Very Short Introduction

Barbara Gail Montero

December 2021

ISBN: 9780198809074

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

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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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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.

  • Introduces the philosophy of mind, and looks at some of the most interesting and important topics in this fascinating field, including the mind-body problem and dualism
  • Discusses minds other than our own, and the problems associated with defining consciousness in animals, aliens, and machines
  • Demonstrates how questions of the philosophy of mind also infiltrate other disciplines, such as psychology, evolutionary biology, and linguistics
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Barbara Gail Montero, Associate Professor of Philosophy, City University of New York

Barbara Gail Montero is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York. Most of her research concerns one or the other of two very different notions of body: body as the physical or material basis of everything, and body as the moving, breathing, flesh and blood instrument that we use when we run, walk, or dance. Her recent book Thought in Action: Expertise and the Conscious Mind (OUP, 2016) explores this latter topic. She is also the author of On the Philosophy of Mind (Wadsworth Press, 2009) and co-editor of Economics and the Philosophy of Mind, (Routledge, 2006). She has written over fifty articles, including one for the New York Times, which was reprinted in The Stone Reader: Modern Philosophy in 133 Arguments (Norton/Liveright, 2015).

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1:The mind-body problem
    2:Dualism
    3:Other minds
    4:Physicalism
    5:Intentionality
    6:Consciousness
    7:Animals, aliens, and machines
    8:Dissolving the mind-body problem
    Further reading
    Index