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Natural minds

Author: Thomas W Polger
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2004.
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"In Natural Minds Thomas Polger advocates, and defends, the philosophical theory that mind equals brain - that sensations are brain processes - and in doing so brings the mind-brain identity theory back into the philosophical debate about consciousness. The version of identity theory that Polger advocates holds that conscious processes, events, states, or properties are type-identical to biological processes,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas W Polger
ISBN: 0262162210 9780262162210 0262661969 9780262661966
OCLC Number: 52134673
Notes: "A Bradford book."
Description: xxvii, 294 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Minds, Brains, and Multiple Realizability --
2. The Illusion of Contingent Identity --
3. Varieties of Functionalism --
4. Realization and Generic Functionalism --
5. Functional Realizations --
6. Functional Properties and Mechanistic Explanations --
7. Dennett's Challenge --
8. Minds, Brains, and Persons.
Responsibility: Thomas W. Polger.

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A theory of consciousness that argues that minds necessarily equal brains--that sensations are brain processes--and returns the identity theory to the philosophical debate about consciousness.  Read more...

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The book samples extensively the current gamut of views on the embodiment of consciousness, including a chapter-long rebuttal of some arguments about zombies due to Daniel Dennett. No doubt many of Read more...

 
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