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The Nature of True Minds : Cambridge Studies in Philosophy - John Heil

The Nature of True Minds

Cambridge Studies in Philosophy

By: John Heil

Paperback Published: 15th February 1993
ISBN: 9780521424004
Number Of Pages: 264

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This book aims at reconciling the emerging conceptions of mind and their contents that have, in recent years, come to seem irreconcilable. Post-Cartesian philosophers face the challenge of comprehending minds as natural objects possessing apparently non-natural powers of thought. The difficulty is to understand how our mental capacities, no less than our biological or chemical characteristics, might ultimately be products of our fundamental physical constituents, and to do so in a way that preserves the phenomena. Externalists argue that the significance of thought turns on the circumstances of thinkers; reductionists hold that mental characteristics are physical; eliminationists contend that the concept of thought belongs to an outmoded folk theory of behavior. John Heil explores these topics and points the way to a naturalistic synthesis, one that accords the mental a place in the physical world alongside the non-mental.

"I cannot overstate my admiration for the thought and craftsmanship that have gone into this book, which at once serves to focus and advance current debates and also to provide an invaluable route of access to those debates for students." E.J. Lowe, Philosophical Books "I cannot overstate my admiration for the thought and craftsmanship that have gone into this book, which at once serves to focus and advance current debates and also to provide an invaluable route of access to those debates for students." E.J. Lowe, Philosophical Books

Introduction
The legacy of Cartesianism
Supervenience
Mental causation
Privileged access
Talk and thought
The nature of true minds
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ISBN: 9780521424004
ISBN-10: 0521424003
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 15th February 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.34