Designed specifically for students with no background knowledge in the subject, this accessible introduction covers all of the basic concepts and major theories in the philosophy of mind. Topics discussed include dualism, behaviorism, the identity theory, functionalism, the computational theory of mind, connectionism, physicalism, mental causation, and consciousness. The text is enhanced by chapter summaries, a glossary, suggestions for further reading, and self-assessment questions.
Part I: What are mental states?
3: The identity theory
5: Eliminativism and fictionalism
Part 2: Mind as machine
6: The computational theory of mind
Part 3: Mind in a physical world
8: Physicalism and supervenience
10: Mental causation
Part 4: Consciousness
11: Varieties of consciousness
12: Phenomenal consciousness