Available in paperback, "Introducing Persons" aims to bring the reader to think about some of the most central and interesting issues in the philosophy of the mind. Some of the topics include: the problem of other minds; arguments both for and against the existence of the soul; a discussion of the bundle-theory of the mind; behaviorism; functionalism; mind/brain identity; personal identity; and the possibility of after-life. Throughout, the emphasis is on the arguments for and against the various theories considered, with readers also being encouraged to criticize for themselves.
""Introducing Persons is an excellent book--an unfailingly lucid and succinct introduction to the philosophy of mind, rigorously argued, comprehensive and up-to-date . . . the clearest and fullest presentation of the materialist's case available today."
-"Times Literary Supplement, 1987
"Simple and straight forward enough to be accessible to the beginning student, yet his arguments have enough originality to interest the old hand."
-"Philosophical Quarterly, 1988
"Carruthers has written a clear and interesting book which captures much of the excitement and difficulty of the problems he discusses. Its effect may well be to lead a sharper-focused scepticism about some of the currently fashionable views which he adopts. This in itself is no small achievement."
-"Philosophical Books, 1988
|Myself and Others||p. 5|
|The Problem of Other Minds||p. 7|
|Immaterial Persons||p. 37|
|Dualism: Body and Soul||p. 39|
|Identity and the Soul||p. 68|
|States of Mind||p. 99|
|Mind and Behaviour||p. 101|
|Mind and Brain||p. 131|
|Privacy and Meaning||p. 157|
|Material Persons||p. 187|
|After-Life for Materialists||p. 189|
|Boundaries of Persons||p. 220|
|Bibliography of Collected Papers||p. 254|
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Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 24th July 1986
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.12 x 15.49
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1