Breaking new ground in the debate about the relation of mind and body, David Armstrong's classic text - first published in 1968 - remains the most compelling and comprehensive statement of the view that the mind is material or physical.
In the preface to this new edition, the author reflects on the book's impact and considers it in the light of subsequent developments. He also provides a bibliography of all the key writings to have appeared in the materialist debate.

chapter |2 pages


part Part One|124 pages

Theories of Mind

chapter 2|22 pages


chapter 3|12 pages

The Attribute Theory

chapter 5|19 pages


chapter 6|54 pages

The Central-State Theory

part Part Two|226 pages

The Concept of Mind

chapter 7|42 pages

The Will (1)

chapter 8|16 pages

The Will (2)

chapter 9|21 pages

Knowledge and Inference

chapter 10|37 pages

Perception and Belief

chapter 11|25 pages

Perception and Behaviour

chapter 12|21 pages

The Secondary Qualities

chapter 13|15 pages

Mental Images

chapter 14|17 pages

Bodily Sensations

chapter 15|16 pages


chapter 16|14 pages

Belief and Thought

part Part Three|14 pages

The Nature of Mind