Key Terms in Philosophy of Mind. (2010). Continuum. Link to publisher's webpage for the book: link.
Key Terms in Philosophy of Mind offers a clear, concise and accessible introduction to a central topic in philosophy. The book offers a comprehensive overview of the key terms, concepts, thinkers and major works in the history of this key area of philosophical thought. Ideal for first-year students coming to the subject for the first time, Key Terms in Philosophy of Mind will serve as the ideal companion to the study of this fascinating subject. Pete Mandik provides detailed summaries of all the key concepts in the study of philosophy and the mind. An introductory chapter provides context and background, while the following chapters offer detailed definitions of key terms and concepts, introductions to the work of key thinkers, summaries of key texts and advice on further reading. Designed specifically to meet the needs of students and assuming no prior knowledge of the subject, this is the ideal reference tool for those coming to philosophy of mind for the first time.
Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Mind and Brain. (2006). Routledge. Coauthored with Daniel Kolak, William Hirstein, and Jonathan Waskan. Link to publisher's webpage for the book: link.
Cognitive Science is a major new guide to the central theories and problems in the study of the mind and brain. The authors clearly explain how and why cognitive science aims to understand the brain as a computational system that manipulates representations. They identify the roots of cognitive science in Descartes - who argued that all knowledge of the external world is filtered through some sort of representation - and examine the present-day role of Artificial Intelligence, computing, psychology, linguistics and neuroscience. Throughout, the key building blocks of cognitive science are clearly illustrated: perception, memory, attention, emotion, language, control of movement, learning, understanding and other important mental phenomena. Cognitive Science: *presents a clear, collaborative introduction to the subject *is the first textbook to bring together all the different strands of this new science in a unified approach *includes illustrations and exercises to aid the student
Philosophy and the Neurosciences: A Reader. (2001). Wiley-Blackwell. Coedited with William Bechtel, Jennifer Mundale, and Robert Stufflebeam. Link to publisher's webpage for the book: link.
By introducing key themes in philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and the basic concepts of neuroscience, this text provides philosophers with the necessary background to engage the neurosciences and offers neuroscientists an introduction to the relevant tools of philosophical analysis.
(Last updated September 20, 2011.)