On the philosophy of mind

On the philosophy of mind, Barbara Gail Montero, Wadsworth, Philosophical Topics Series, 2009, 141 pages.

With questions on such topics as “Can you know that other people see red the way you do?” “How is it that you are the same person throughout your life, even though the cells of your body are continually changing?” and “Is it possible to survive one’s bodily death?,” this book aims to inspire students to work out solutions to fundamental philosophical problems for themselves. Animated by the hope that with prior opinions about a topic students will have a much easier time delving into the literature in this field, ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF MIND is filled with thought experiments as well as more concrete philosophical problems that arise in actual experiments in neuroscience and psychiatry. Not assuming any background in philosophy, the book is accessible to beginning students, but simultaneously, Montero’s unique approach will prove thought provoking for students with prior background in the subject too.

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