Best Books on Philosophy of Mind


  • Jaegwon Kim. Philosophy of Mind (2011)
  • Paul Churchland. Matter and Consciousness : A Contemporary Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind (1988).
  • Tim Crane. *The Mechanical Mind: A Philosophical Introduction to Minds, Machines, and Mental Representation (2003).
  • David Chalmers’ Philosophy of Mind: Current and Contemporary Readings (2002) is a good (and very large) sourcebook and includes excerpts from a number of the other important works listed here.

Intentionality and Mental Representation

  • Robert Cummins. Meaning and Mental Representation (1989).
  • Jerry Fodor. “Fodor’s Guide to Mental Representation” Mind 373.94 (1985), 76–100
  • Stephen Stich and Ted A. Warfield, eds. Mental Representation: A Reader (1994).
  • William Ramsey. Representation Reconsidered (2006).
  • Jerry Fodor. The Language of Thought (1980).

Consciousness and Qualia

  • David Chalmers. The Conscious Mind (1996).
  • Daniel Dennett. Consciousness Explained (1991).
  • Thomas Nagel. “What is it like to be a Bat?” The Philosophical Review 83.4 (1974), 435–50.
  • Frank Jackson. “Epiphenomenal Qualia” The Philosophical Quarterly 32.127 (1982), 127–36.

Behaviorism and its Discontents

  • Gilbert Ryle. The Concept of Mind (1949).
  • Noam Chomsky. Rev. of Verbal Behavior, by B.F. Skinner. Language 35.1 (1959), 26–58

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