Acknowledgments Introduction: Why I Wrote This Book 1: A Dozen Problems in the Philosophy of Mind 2: The Turn to Materialism 3: Arguments against Materialism 4: Consciousness Part I: Consciousness and the Mind-Body Problem 5: Consciousness Part II: The Structure of Consciousness and Neurobiology 6: Intentionality 7: Mental Causation 8: Free Will 9: The Unconscious and the Explanation of Behavior 10: Perception 11: The Self Epilogue: Philosophy and the Scientific World-View Notes Suggestions for Further Reading Index
Searle (philosophy, Berkeley) offers a chatty gloss on the traditional arguments for separating the human mind from its biology and his own account of this same mind as occurring as a part of nature itself. From Descartes's dualism to materialism's contemporary struggles to cope with artificial intelligence, he limns concepts that shape not only philosophic thinking but also inform-for better or for worse-social science and scientific theories involving the mind. Conceptions of consciousness, "proofs" of intentionality and free will, and the problems of perception and identity are taken up in turn, sometimes with more casual treatment than a rigorous scholar might want of the arguments Searle proposes to demonstrate as "right." However, the intention of this book is to give general readers some understanding of where the philosophy of mind stands at the present and an invitation to think about the mind for themselves. The treatment offered here does indeed suit such a purpose, which marks this as a timely book for general collections.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley P.L., CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Searle's deeply thought-out naturalism and ontological realism are refreshing and his arguments are rigorous and compelling, which makes a highly engaging and brilliant piece of philosophical writing for any serious reader to enjoy. Maria Antonietta Perna, University College London ...lively and lucid account... The Guardian