Philosophy problem: Mind

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Literature Review: Mind problem for Philosophy

This “Ten Problems for Philosophy in the 2020s” booklet identifies ten relevant areas from very recent contributions put forward at academic level in the form journal articles, conference proceedings and students’ theses. Ten freely accessible internet references have been selected for each area and direct links are provided at the end of each chapter for own consultation. Our selected references do not intend to mirror ranking indexes nor establish novel classifications. On the contrary, they are meant to represent peer-reviewed, diverse and scientifically-sound case studies for vertical dissemination aimed at non-specialist readers. They will also be able to scoop even more references through the bibliography that is reported at the end of each selected reference.

Without further ado, these are the ten problems that we are going to introduce in this booklet:

  1. religion,
  2. knowledge,
  3. logic,
  4. nature,
  5. mind,
  6. moral,
  7. experience,
  8. identity,
  9. political,
  10. science.

Each problem has its own dedicated chapter made of an introductory section, a short presentation of the ten selected references and a conclusions section.

The final chapter of this booklet will report the conclusions from each chapter again in order to provide a complete executive summary.

5 Mind

THE PROBLEM — Decades of productive debate and disagreement over the mind-body problem have relied on highly unrealistic fictional examples. Human beings are not only conscious creatures, but also self-conscious creatures. Prominent issues arise concerning each of these distinctively philosophical questions.

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CONCLUSIONS — How do philosophers of mind get results without experiments? Cognitive science has historically served as an influential source of physicalist theories about the mind. It seems difficult to imagine undergoing a state of consciousness lacking any form of self-consciousness. Questions exist about relations of grounding or constitutive dependence that conscious experience bears to other phenomena. There are varieties of ways to simulate subjective experiences of others via our minds. Connectionism provides Wittgenstein-friendly and Wittgenstein-illuminating models of mind and language for cognitive science. Many contemporary philosophers of mind invoke the conservation of energy against interactionist dualism. Kinds that share historical properties are dubbed “historical kinds” or “etiological kinds” and they have some distinctive features. Neuroscience shows that mental and neural processes are interdependent and influence each other in maintaining mental health or causing mental illness. Idealism is a strong philosophical contender in today’s world, especially in the philosophy of mind and self.

TEN FREE REFERENCES FROM THE INTERNET — … buy this booklet from Amazon …

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