Philosophy of the Mind is presented here in two four-and-a-half-hour audiobooks. Each is a wonderful, comprehensive guide to the philosophy of the mind, narrated with patient deliberation by Andrea Powell. The author acknowledges the limits of our understanding of the subject, but does a thorough job conveying what is known of the field. The audio covers artificial technology, human thought, and many other mysterious riddles related to our brains. Specifically aimed at students with no background in philosophy, the program provides a clear introduction to the subject and its key thinkers and their views. Ultimately, this is a discussion of mind vs. matter and the nature of reality. Who isn't interested in pondering these questions for a few hours, guided by Powell's gentle voice?
In this lively and entertaining introduction to the philosophy of mind, Edward Feser explores the questions central to the discipline, and relates them not only to the human brain and its capacity for thought, but also to the increasing sophistication of artificial intelligence. This in-depth primer is an account of all the most important and significant attempts that have been made to answer the riddles of consciousness and thought.
©2006 Edward Feser (P)2012 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
I am a retired Accountant with two particular literary interests - Ancient Greece (esp. Thucydides ) and Brit. Romanticism (esp.Wordsworth)
Although I enjoyed the book, it proved much more challenging than I expected and demands close attention.
Near the top.
Healthy skepticism about status quo in philosophy of mind without misrepresenting the dominant positions.
The book is probably better, but check out Ryan Gosling's abs in this trailer.
"Fantastic Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind"
This is a great intro to the philosophy of mind. It is very informative with a notable reader.
"Best as accompaniment to print version"
Feser is a clear but economical writer. Every word counts and he makes extended arguments. For these reasons this (and his audiobook on Aquinas) are best listened to along with reading the print versions. If you miss a sentence you miss something crucial, and if you stop mid-chapter, you can easily lose the thread of his argument.
Begin with chapters 23-24 in the audiobook (the sections on hylomorphism and Feser's postscript). This will let you know where he's heading (toward an Aristotelian-Thomistic solution to the mind-body problem) and clarify some material in the earlier chapters.
Anything Feser writes is worth reading and taking the effort to understand.
"Author is a Christian apologist, and it shows"
The author can't put away his religious commitment to dualism. All topics relate back to how a theory is consistent or inconsistent with dualism. He whines about how unfair it is that modern philosophers reject his God.
Forget about my soul, and stay on the topic.
Nice cover graphics.
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