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Philosophy of Mind: A Very Short Introduction

Barbara Gail Montero

January 2022

ISBN: 9780198809074

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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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 by highlighting key philosophical thought experiments in the field.
  • Probes some of the great philosophical questions about the mind: What is the relationship between mind and body? Can science unravel the mystery of consciousness? How can our thoughts represent things in the world? Are computers genuinely intelligent?
  • Explores philosophy of minds cross-cultural roots and connections to psychology, neuroscience, and physics.
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

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

Barbara Gail Montero is Professor of Philosophy at the College of Staten Island and Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her research considers two different notions of 'body': body as the physical or material substance of the world, and body as the moving, breathing, flesh and blood instrument that we use when we run, walk, dance, or play. She is author of Thought in Action: Expertise and the Conscious Mind (2016) and a co-author, with John Toner and Aidan Moran, of Continuous Improvement: Intertwining Mind and Body in Athletic Expertise (2022).

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