Brainstorms

Philosophical Essays on Mind and Psychology
Overview

This collection of 17 essays by the author offers a comprehensive theory of mind, encompassing traditional issues of consciousness and free will. Using careful arguments and ingenious thought-experiments, the author exposes familiar preconceptions and hobbling institutions. The essays are grouped into four sections: Intentional Explanation and Attributions of Mentality; The Nature of Theory in Psychology; Objects of Consciousness and the Nature of Experience; and Free Will and Personhood.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Introduction
  3. I. Intentional Explanation and Attributions of Mentality
  4. 1. Intentional Systems
  5. 2. Reply to Arbib and Gunderson
  6. 3. Brain Writing and Mind Reading
  7. II. The Nature of Theory in Psychology
  8. 4. Skinner Skinned
  9. 5. Why the Law of Effect Will Not Go Away
  10. 6. A Cure for the Common Code?
  11. 7. Artificial Intelligence as Philosophy and as Psychology
  12. III. Objects of Consciousness and the Nature of Experience
  13. 8. Are Dreams Experiences?
  14. 9. Toward a Cognitive Theory of Consciousness
  15. 10. Tow Approaches to Mental Images
  16. 11. Why You Can't Make a Computer that Feels Pain
  17. IV. Free Will and Personhood
  18. 12. Mechanism and Responsibility
  19. 13. The Abilities of Men and Machines
  20. 14. Conditions of Personhood
  21. 15. On Giving Libertarians What They Say They Want
  22. 16. How to Change Your Mind
  23. 17. Where Am I?
  24. Notes
  25. Acknowledgments
  26. Index