The Science of the Mind


Consciousness emerges as the key topic in this second edition of Owen Flanagan's popular introduction to cognitive science and the philosophy of psychology. in a new chapter Flanagan develops a neurophilosophical theory of subjective mental life. He brings recent developments in the theory of neuronal group selection and connectionism to bear on the problems of the evolution of consciousness, qualia, the unique first-personal aspects of consciousness, the causal role of consciousness, and the function and development of the sense of personal identity. He has also substantially revised the chapter on cognitive psychology and artificial intelligence to incorporate recent discussions of connectionism and parallel distributed processing.

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Preface to the Second Edition
  3. Introduction
  4. 1. Minds and Bodies: René Descartes and the Possibility of a Science of the Mind
  5. 2. Naturalizing The Mind: The Philosophical Psychology of William James
  6. 3. Science and the Secret Self: The Case of Sigmund Freud
  7. 4. The Science of Behavior, Antimentalism, and the Good Life: The Philosophical Psychology of B. F. Skinner
  8. 5. The Case for Cognitive-Developmental Psychology: Piaget and Kohlberg
  9. 6. Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence: Philosophical Assumptions and Implications
  10. 7. Minds, Genes, and Morals: The Case of E. O. Wilson's Sociobiology
  11. 8. Consciousness
  12. Notes
  13. Bibliography
  14. Name Index
  15. Subject Index