Philosophy of Mind

Jaegwon Kim

Third Edition • December 1, 2010 • 384 pages

Print ISBN: 9780813344584 • $44.00 USD$63.99 CAN

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The philosophy of mind has long been part of the core philosophy curriculum, and this book is the classic, comprehensive survey of the subject. Designed as an introduction to the field for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students, Philosophy of Mind focuses on the mind–body problem and related issues, some touching on the status of psychology and cognitive science.

The third edition has been thoroughly updated throughout to reflect developments of the past decade, and it is the only text of its kind that provides a serious and respectful treatment of substance dualism. This edition also includes two new chapters on the nature of consciousness and the status of consciousness. Improved readability and clarity has been one important aim of the new edition. Throughout the text, author Jaegwon Kim allows readers to come to their own terms with the central problems of the mind. At the same time, Kim’s own emerging views are on display and serve to move the discussion forward. Comprehensive, clear, and fair, Philosophy of Mind is a model of philosophical exposition and a significant contribution to the field.

Jaegwon Kim is William Perry Faunce Professor of Philosophy at Brown University. He is the author of Supervenience and Mind; Mind in a Physical World; Physicalism, or Something Near Enough; Essays in the Metaphysics of Mind; and many important papers on the philosophy of mind, metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophy of science.

1. Introduction
2. Mind as Immaterial Substance: Descartes’s Dualism
3. Mind and Behavior: Behaviorism
4. Mind as the Brain: The Psychoneural Identity Theory
5. Mind as a Computing Machine: Machine Functionalism
6. Mind as a Causal System: Causal-Theoretical Functionalism
7. Mental Causation
8. Mental Content
9. What Is Consciousness?
10. Consciousness and the Mind-Body Problem

“Kim’s book is the best general survey of metaphysics of mind. It brims with arresting arguments and lucid points of exposition. Kim’s own philosophical judgment is not suppressed, but he gives sympathetic accounts of opposing views. Perhaps no other text accessible to undergraduates is so often consulted by professional philosophers. Most chapters have been augmented in this third edition, but its most distinctive feature is its expanded discussion of consciousness.” —Bernard W. Kobes, Arizona State University

Praise for Previous Editions:

“Like the highly acclaimed earlier edition, this book provides an extremely useful, state-of-the-art introduction to the philosophy of mind. Thanks to his incomparably lucid style, the author is able to discuss the issues at greater depth than is generally attempted in an introductory text, thus also providing a very accessible introduction to his own challenging and influential views on the mind-body problem. Really a wonderful book, useful to students and researchers alike.” —Ausonio Marras, University of Western Ontario

“An introductory survey to philosophy of mind, this work is impressive equally for its clarity and depth as an overview and its forcefulness as an original contribution to its subject.” —Choice

“I really cannot say enough about the quality of this book. It is the work of a top-flight original philosopher adept at explaining difficult issues with remarkable clarity. An admirable textbook, it represents a notable philosophical achievement as well.” —John Heil, Davidson College

“Kim is one of the most influential philosophers of mind…and it is no surprise that Philosophy of Mind exemplifies the sort of clarity of exposition and familiarity with the issues we have come to expect from him….Kim’s book is an excellent work….It would contribute to a fine course in philosophy of mind.” —Philosophia Christi

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