Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition


Part One: Historical Background

  1. Plato: The Soul and the Forms
    • Plato: Selections from The Phaedo

  2. Aristotle: Naturalizing the Soul
    • Aristotle: Selections from On the Soul and Sense and Sensibilia

  3. The Scientific Revolution
    • Galileo Galilei: Selections from The Assayer
    • René Descartes: Selections from The World or Treatise on Light
    • René Descartes: Selections from Principles of Philosophy

  4. Descartes: Knowledge of Mind and Matter
    • René Descartes: Selections from Meditations on First Philosophy

  5. Descartes’ Dualism
    • René Descartes: Selections from Discourse on the Method of rightly conducting one’s reason and
      seeking the truth in the sciences
    • Antoine Arnauld: Objections to Descartes’ Meditations
    • René Descartes: Reply to Antoine Arnauld
    • René Descartes: Selections from Principles of Philosophy
    • John Locke: Selections from An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  6. Materialism and Idealism
    • Thomas Hobbes: Selections from Leviathan
    • George Berkeley: Selections from A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge

Part Two: Recent Theories of Mind

  1. Behaviourism and Linguistic Philosophy
    • B.F. Skinner: Selections from Science and Human Behavior
    • Noam Chomsky: A Review of B.F. Skinner’s Verbal Behavior
    • Gilbert Ryle: Selections from The Concept of Mind
    • Ludwig Wittgenstein: Selections from Philosophical Investigations

  2. The Mind-Brain Identity Theory
    • U.T. Place: “Is Consciousness a Brain Process?”
    • J.J.C. Smart: “Sensations and Brain Processes”
    • Saul Kripke: Selections from “Identity and Necessity”

  3. Functionalism
    • David M. Armstrong: “The Nature of Mind”
    • Jerry A. Fodor: “The Mind-Body Problem”
    • Ned Block: Selections from “Troubles with Functionalism”

Part Three: Contemporary Issues

  1. Artificial Intelligence
    • Alan Turing: “Computing Machinery and Intelligence”
    • John R. Searle: “Minds, Brains and Programs”
    • Margaret A. Boden: “Escaping from the Chinese Room”

  2. Consciousness
    • Thomas Nagel: “What Is It Like to Be a Bat?”
    • Frank Jackson: “Epiphenomenal Qualia”
    • Daniel C. Dennett: “Quining Qualia”
    • David J. Chalmers: “Facing Up to the Problem of Consciousness”
    • Valerie Gray Hardcastle: “The Why of Consciousness: A Non-Issue for Materialists”

  3. Propositional Attitudes
    • Jerry A. Fodor: “Propositional Attitudes”
    • Paul Churchland: “Eliminative Materialism and the Propositional Attitudes”
    • Daniel C. Dennett: “True Believers: The Intentional Strategy and Why It Works”

  4. Mental Content: Natural Semantics
    • Fred I. Dretske: Précis of Knowledge and the Flow of Information
    • Ruth Millikan: “Biosemantics”

  5. Mental Content: Individuation
    • Jerry A. Fodor: Selections from “Methodological Solipsism Considered as a Research Strategy in
      Cognitive Psychology”
    • Hilary Putnam: Selections from Reason, Truth and History

  6. Mental Causation
    • Donald Davidson: “Mental Events” and a Selection from “Psychology as
    • Jaegwon Kim: Selection from “The Many Problems of Mental Causation”




Posted on October 29, 2015