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The 3rd edition of Theoretical Issues in Psychology provides an authoritative overview of the conceptual issues in psychology which introduces the underlying philosophies that underpin them. It includes new insights across the philosophy of science combined with increased psychological coverage to show clearly how these two communities interrelate, ensuring an integrative understanding of the fundamental debates and how they link to your wider studies.

Introducing Philosophy of Mind, Brain and Cognition
Introducing philosophy of mind, brain and cognition

PREVIEW This chapter is an introduction to the second half of the book which deals with the question what is mind? This is the main question of the philosophy of mind. We present the rough outlines of traditional theoretical frameworks for understanding the relation between mind and brain: behaviourism, dualism, materialism. We then introduce tokens of mind, such as intelligence and consciousness. Intentionality is another, more technical, but heavily debated feature of mind and we deal with the different interpretations of this feature. A proposal of three perspectives or approaches for describing and explaining complex, mindful organisms is considered as consonant with our view of multiple explanations. Finally, we take on ...

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