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ebook ë Philosophy of Mind A Contemporary Introduction é John Heil Philosophy of Mind A Mind A PDFEPUB #182 Contemporary Introduction is a comprehensive and accessible survey of main themes positions and debates in philosophy of mind John Heil introduces and discusses the major topics in succinct user friendly self contained chapters Cartesian dualism D This is a great introduction to philosophy of mind Heil covers a lot of ground outlining several historically prominent perspectives but does not sacrifice thoroughness Explanations are clear and the book is well organized My only complaint is that the book goes off the rails a bit in the last two chapters which are spent explicating his own views Although his theory incorporates some points of established theories these final chapters are muddled and out of place The book would have benefited if they had been omitted and replaced by a objective synthesis and outlook for the future of philosophy of mind Don't let this small gripe deter you I recommend this book to anyone seeking a brief introduction to the subject

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kindle Ï Philosophy of Mind A Contemporary Introduction Õ Paperback read í johnscyclingdiary Î ✸ [BOOKS] ✬ Philosophy of Mind A Contemporary Introduction By John Heil ❂ – Philosophy of Mind A Contemporary Introducti Pdated edition includes expanded chapters on eliminativism ualia and the representational theory of mind and an entirely new chapter on property dualism There are annotated suggestions for further reading at the end of each chapter updated to include recent material and internet resource Can't say I was too much of a fan of Heil's approach or his own theory he presents in the final two chapters He's just not a very good writer and much of this book seems sort of dry It's a somewhat useful book for those looking for a very short introductory text but I think that Phil of Mind unlike say Ethics works best with a historical introduction The problem here is that Heil essentially works by telling us about theories and their proponents and then briefly the major pros and cons according to him To me this is somewhat pointless without the presence of the actual texts Heil also slyly puts spins on things in ways that don't seem entirely intellectually honest to me Of course this is not a bad book nor is Heil a poor philosopher I do not mean to imply that at all I just don't find his approach here very useful

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Philosophy of Mind A Contemporary IntroductionEscartes's legacy non Cartesian dualism behaviorism the identity theory functionalism the representational theory of mind ualia radical interpretation the intentional stance eliminativism property dualism mind and metaphysics the mind's place in natureThis Philosophy of Epubrevised and u Heil does an admirable job of presenting in a fairly clear fashion the major schools of thought in the philosophy of mind Beware that he does have his own views and presents them unapologetically in the last two chapters a view I disagree with actually but he gives fair warning at the beginning of the book He takes a lot of time to discuss why neuroscience alone cannot be the final arbiter of the important uestions particularly when it comes to understanding the basic nature of consciousness and I appreciated that discussion in the book After the the usual presentation of substance dualism representationalism functionalism eliminitivism interpretation theroy and property dualism he takes through an ontological detour to present an interesting case study about how theories of mind are formed He argues for a nominalist view which incorporates a theory of properties treating them as both having dispositions and ualities simultaneously From there he argues how it is possible to reduce mental events to relevant physical ones without emptying contents ualities as he sees functionalism do he argues they have an ontology of properties which sees them in terms of their dispositions only and without arguing that there are special irreducible mental properties The latter he argues becomes unnecessary with his move to nominalism and a 'similar enough' not identical to view of complex properties such as pain Multiple realizability taking seriously the ualitative features of mental happenings and a preservation of physicalism are all preservedThe nice thing about these last couple of chapters as taking htem as a case study is that they make use of all of the concepts touched in earlier in the book I also think it's incredibly useful to get a sketch about how these ideas are developed and which issues are seen as especially problematic The motivation to avoid 'spooky' or 'kooky' elements along with a desire for parsimony informs a strong drive to preserve physicalism So whether or not the reader agrees with Heil at the end it is a useful illustration about how philosophy of mind is done in contemporary circles