Mind : Brief Introduction - Searle, John R.

Mind : Brief Introduction

John R. Searle

Yayınevi: Oxford University Press

Yayın tarihi: 01/2005

ISBN: 9780195157338

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Tür: Genel Felsefe

"The philosophy of mind is unique among contemporary philosophical subjects," writes John Searle, "in that all of the most famous and influential theories are false." In Mind, Searle dismantles these famous and influential theories as he presents a vividly written, comprehensive introduction to the mind. Here readers will find one of the world's most eminent thinkers shedding light on the central concern of modern philosophy. Searle begins with a look at the twelve problems of philosophy of mind - which he calls "Descartes and Other Disasters" - problems which he returns to throughout the volume, as he illuminates such topics as the freedom of the will, the actual operation of mental causation, the nature and functioning of the unconscious, the analysis of perception, and the concept of the self. One of the key chapters is on the mind-body problem, which Searle analyzes brilliantly. He argues that all forms of consciousness - from feeling thirsty to wondering how to translate Mallarme - are caused by the behavior of neurons and are realized in the brain system, which is itself composed of neurons. But this does not mean that consciousness is nothing but neuronal behavior.

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