Mind :A Brief Introduction by John Searle ISBN-10: 0195157346
Overview This short and concise Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind, by the distinguished UC Berkeley Philosopher, aims to provide an introduction to the problems and issues in the Philosophy of Mind in a way that is readable for even the most ignorant of readers. The book discusses a good variety of topics within the Philosophy of Mind and some which are not as commonly included in introductions to Philosophy of Mind such as Mental Causation & Intentionality. Searle has rather unique views within the Philosophy of Mind rejecting both Dualism & Materialism, as he feels they are both trying to say something true about the nature of mind while having inherent flaws and Searle outlines his alternative.
Positives - Being one of the foremost Philosophers of Mind at this current time, Searle has excellent knowledge of the field having made strong contributions to recent Philosophy of Mind & Language and this expert knowledge is apparent throughout the book.
- Searle has a good written style and is able to write good prose and even manages to be somewhat humourousat times--- a truly remarkable feat for an academic Philosopher.
- The book provides remarkable clarity for a book which delves into some tricky subject matter and this makes ideal for someone who is new to Philosophy & the philosophy of Mind.
Negatives - Searle certainly does not provide an unbiased introduction of the Philosophy of Mind, being keen to point out his own view point at any opportunity, but it must be said he does go through the other points of view as well but he may not be the most objective of commentators given his opposing views.
-Some of the more advanced readers may feel that they are having their hands held as Searle does make sure that the less advanced readers are kept up to speed which may limit its value to those who are not beginners and may want to read Searles other books and numerous essays.
I enjoyed it and think its great for anyone interested in the philosophy of mind field. Although, as already stated Searle doesnt hide his bias that well but he is thorough enough to dabble in other viewpoints.