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Table of Contents
1. Philosophy of Mind: Introduction
2. The Mind-Body Problem
3. A Mad Scientist’s Instructions for Creating a Human Being
4. Understanding Dualism of Mind and Body
5. Motivations for Dualism
6. Descartes’s Argument for Dualism
7. The Zombie Argument for Dualism
8. The Knowledge Argument for Dualism
9. The Problem of Other Minds and the Behaviorist’s Solution
10. Physicalism or the Three-Pound Mind
11. Mind as the Physical Cause of Behavior
12. Thinking about Thought
13. Can Computers Think?
14. Mind and Meaning
16. The “Body” Side of the Mind-Body Problem
17. Ah, the Emotions
18. Brain Transplants and Personal Identity
19. Freedom of the Will
20. Immortality of the Soul