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Mind and Supermind

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  • Date Published: July 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521038119

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  • Portraying the mind as a two-level structure, this book analyzes the architecture of the human mind. Thus, it demonstrates that the mind consists of a basic mind and a supermind--the former non-conscious and non-linguistic, the latter conscious and language-involving. Claiming that philosophers and psychologists have failed to distinguish these levels, Keith Frankish argues that this failure has stood in the way of the successful explanation of a number of puzzling mental phenomena. His book will be valued by philosophers, psychologists, and cognitive scientists.

    • Offers an alternative perspective on the nature of belief and the structure of the human mind
    • Develops a picture of the human mind as a two-level structure, consisting of a basic mind and a supermind
    • Will be valuable for philosophers, psychologists and cognitive scientists
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This is an important contribution to our understanding of mind and of the nature of belief. Frankish explores, with care and imagination, the subtle ways in which science and our 'folk' image converge and diverge. Folk psychology, according to Frankish, has two distinct theoretical cores. Failure to make this distinction leads to confusion and cross talk. In this well-paced and readable treatment, Frankish offers a clear, constructive and original angle on some of the most persistent and perplexing problems in the field. Recommended reading for anyone interested in the philosophy and science of mind and belief.' Andy Clark, Indiana University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521038119
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 140 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.359kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    1. Introduction
    2. Divisions in folk psychology
    3. Challenges and precedents
    4. The premising machine
    5. Superbelief and the supermind
    6. Propositional modularity
    7. Conceptual modularity
    8. Further applications
    Author index
    Subject index.

  • Author

    Keith Frankish, The Open University, Milton Keynes
    Keith Frankish is Lecturer in Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, The Open University. He has published in Analysis and Philosophical Psychology and contributed to Language and Thought: Interdisciplinary Themes (eds. Carruthers and Boucher, Cambridge, 1998).

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