Knowledge and Mind

A Philosophical Introduction

This is the only contemporary text to cover both epistemology and philosophy of mind at an introductory level. It also serves as a general introduction to philosophy: it discusses the nature and methods of philosophy as well as basic logical tools of the trade.

The book is divided into three parts. The first focuses on knowledge, in particular, skepticism and knowledge of the external world, and knowledge of language. The second focuses on mind, including the metaphysics of mind and freedom of will. The third brings together knowledge and mind, discussing knowledge of mind (other minds and our own) and naturalism and how epistemology and philosophy of mind come together in contemporary cognitive science. Throughout, the authors take into account the needs of the beginning philosophy student. They have made very effort to ensure accessibility while preserving accuracy.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface for Instructors
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. 1. Introduction to Philosophy, Knowledge, and Mind
  4. I. Knowledge
  5. 2. Knowing the External World
  6. 3. Knowledge of Language
  7. II. Mind
  8. 4. Mind and Body: The Metaphysics of Mind
  9. 5. Mind and Body: What Should We Believe?
  10. 6. Free Choice
  11. III. Relating Knowledge to Mind
  12. 7. Knowledge of Minds
  13. 8. A New Approach to Knowledge and Mind
  14. Notes
  15. Glossary
  16. References
  17. Index