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Introducing Persons
Introducing Persons
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Peter Carruthers - Author
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Hardcover - 265 pages
Release Date: October 1986
ISBN10: 0-88706-378-0
ISBN13: 978-0-88706-378-7

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Paperback - 265 pages
Release Date: October 1986
ISBN10: 0-88706-379-9
ISBN13: 978-0-88706-379-4

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Summary

This is an elegant and clear tour through many of the issues in philosophy of mind that have occupied philosophers of this century. The topics covered include the problem of other minds, arguments for and against the existence of the soul, a discussion of the bundle theory of the mind, behaviorism, functionalism, mind/brain identity, the argument against the possibility of private language, personal identity and the possibility of after-life, and the question of whether animals and computers can have minds.

Carruthers emphasizes arguments for and against the various theories considered, and encourages readers to actively evaluate these approaches as well. Written with clarity and directness, Introducing Persons will prove a useful text for the beginner while simultaneously providing original material of interest to the advanced student and professional philosopher.

“This is an elegant book. The text is intended as an introduction to philosophy, but by the end it has introduced some of the more sophisticated arguments current among philosophers about the issues. The author has a position of his own which is developed with care and graciousness.” — Robert C. Neville.

Peter Carruthers is in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Essex.


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