We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more
  • Purchase
  • Send feedback
  • Also available as:



Philosophy of Mind

Classical and Contemporary Readings

Edited by David J. Chalmers

Publication Date - July 2002

ISBN: 9780195145816

688 pages
7 x 10 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $81.95

This comprehensive collection includes 63 selections that range from the classical contributions of Descartes to the leading edge of contemporary debates.


What is the mind? Is consciousness a process in the brain? How do our minds represent the world?

Philosophy of Mind: Classical and Contemporary Readings is a grand tour of writings on these and other perplexing questions about the nature of the mind. The most comprehensive collection of its kind, the book includes sixty-three selections that range from the classical contributions of Descartes to the leading edge of contemporary debates. Extensive sections cover foundational issues, the nature of consciousness, and the nature of mental content. Three of the selections are published here for the first time, while many other articles have been revised especially for this volume. Each section opens with an introduction by the editor. Philosophy of Mind is suitable for students at all levels and also for general readers.

Table of Contents

    A. Dualism
    1. Meditations on First Philosophy (II and VI), René Descartes
    2. Passions of the Soul (Excerpt), René Descartes
    3. On the Hypothesis That Animals Are Automata, and Its History (Excerpt), Thomas H. Huxley
    4. An Unfortunate Dualist, Raymond M. Smullyan
    B. Behaviorism
    5. Descartes' Myth, Gilbert Ryle
    6. Psychology in Physical Language (Excerpt), Rudolf Carnap
    7. Brains and Behavior, Hilary Putnam
    C. The Identity Theory
    8. Is Consciousness a Brain Process?, U. T. Place
    9. Sensations and Brain Processes, J. J. C. Smart
    10. The "Mental" and the "Physical" (Excerpt), Herbert Feigl
    D. Functionalism
    11. The Nature of Mental States, Hilary Putnam
    12. The Causal Theory of the Mind, D. M. Armstrong
    13. Psychophysical and Theoretical Identifications, David Lewis
    14. Troubles with Functionalism (Excerpt), Ned Block
    15. Pseudonormal Vision: An Actual Case of Qualia Inversion?, Martine Nida-Rümelin
    E. Other Psychophysical Relations
    16. Mechanism and Its Alternatives (Excerpt), C. D. Broad
    17. Mental Events, Donald Davidson
    18. Special Sciences (or: The Disunity of Science as a Working Hypothesis), Jerry A. Fodor
    19. Multiple Realization and the Metaphysics of Reduction, Jaegwon Kim
    20. From Supervenience to Superdupervenience: Meeting the Demands of a Material World (Excerpt), Terence Horgan
    21. Finding the Mind in the Natural World, Frank Jackson
    F. Mental Causation
    22. The Many Problems of Mental Causation (Excerpt), Jaegwon Kim
    23. Mental Causation, Stephen Yablo
    A. General
    24. Concepts of Consciousness, Ned Block
    25. What Is It Like to Be a Bat?, Thomas Nagel
    26. Quining Qualia, Daniel C. Dennett
    27. Consciousness and Its Place in Nature, David J. Chalmers
    B. The Knowledge Argument
    28. Epiphenomenal Qualia, Frank Jackson
    29. What Experience Teaches, David Lewis
    30. Phenomenal States (Second Version), Brian Loar
    31. Two Conceptions of the Physical, Daniel Stoljar
    C. Modal Arguments
    32. Naming and Necessity (Excerpt), Saul A. Kripke
    33. Imaginability, Conceivability, Possibility and the Mind-Body Problem (Excerpt), Christopher S. Hill
    34. Rigid Designators and Mind-Brain Identity (Excerpt), Grover Maxwell
    D. The Explanatory Gap
    35. Materialism and Qualia: The Explanatory Gap, Joseph Levine
    36. The Rediscovery of Light, Paul M. Churchland
    37. Conceptual Analysis, Dualism, and the Explanatory Gap, Ned Block and Robert Stalnaker
    38. Can We Solve the Mind-Body Problem?, Colin McGinn
    E. Higher-Order Thought and Representationalism
    39. Explaining Consciousness, David M. Rosenthal
    40. Conscious Experience, Fred Dretske
    41. Sensation and the Content of Experience: A Distinction, Christopher Peacocke
    42. Visual Qualia and Visual Content Revisited, Michael Tye
    43. Introspection and Phenomenal Character, Sydney Shoemaker
    3. CONTENT
    A. The Nature of Intentionality
    44. The Distinction between Mental and Physical Phenomena (Excerpt), Franz Brentano
    45. "Intentional Inexistence" (Excerpt), Roderick M. Chisholm
    46. A Recipe for Thought, Fred Dretske
    47. Biosemantics, Ruth Garrett Millikan
    48. Reasoning and Representing, Robert Brandom
    49. The Intentionality of Phenomenology and the Phenomenology of Intentionality, Terence Horgan and John Tienson
    B. Propositional Attitudes
    50. Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind (Excerpt), Wilfrid Sellars
    51. Propositional Attitudes, Jerry A. Fodor
    52. True Believers: The Intentional Strategy and Why It Works, Daniel C. Dennett
    53. Eliminative Materialism and the Propositional Attitudes, Paul M. Churchland
    C. Internalism and Externalism
    54. The Meaning of "Meaning" (Excerpt), Hilary Putnam
    55. Individualism and the Mental (Excerpt), Tyler Burge
    56. The Components of Content (Revised Version), David J. Chalmers
    57. Anti-Individualism and Privileged Access, Michael McKinsey
    58. What an Anti-Individualist Knows A Priori, Anthony Brueckner
    59. The Extended Mind, Andy Clark and David J. Chalmers
    60. Reductionism and Personal Identity, Derek Parfit
    61. Freedom and Necessity, A. J. Ayer
    62. Analogy, Bertrand Russell
    63. Can Computers Think?, John R. Searle