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Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction

By John Heil (NHC Fellow, 1996–97)

Dualism; Philosophy of Mind; Free Will; Determinism; Epistemology; Metaphysics

New York: Routledge, 1998

From the publisher’s description:

The book is intended as a reader-friendly introduction to issues in the philosophy of mind, including mental–physical causal interaction, computational models of thought, the relation minds bear to brains, and assorted -isms: behaviorism, dualism, eliminativism, emergentism, functionalism, materialism, neutral monism, and panpsychism. The Fourth Edition reintroduces a chapter on Donald Davidson and a discussion of ‘Non-Cartesian Dualism’, along with a wholly new chapter on emergence and panpsychism. A concluding chapter draws together material in earlier chapters and offers what the author regards as a plausible account of the mind’s place in nature. Suggested readings at the conclusion of each chapter have been updated, with a focus on accessible, non-technical material.

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Heil, John (NHC Fellow, 1996–97). Philosophy of Mind: A Contemporary Introduction. Routledge Contemporary Introductions to Philosophy. New York: Routledge, 1998.