Mind Readings

Mind Readings

Introductory Selections on Cognitive Science

Edited by Paul Thagard

A Bradford Book





Mind Readings is a collection of accessible readings on some of the most important topics in cognitive science. Although anyone interested in the interdisciplinary study of mind will find the selections well worth reading, they work particularly well with Paul Thagard's textbook Mind: An Introduction Cognitive Science, and provide further discussion on the major topics discussed in that book. The first eight chapters present approaches to cognitive science from the perspective that thinking consists of computational procedures on mental representations. The remaining five chapters discuss challenges to the computational-representational understanding of mind.

ContributorsJohn R. Anderson, Ruth M.J. Byrne, E.H. Durfee, Chris Eliasmith, Owen Flanagan, Dedre Gentner, Janice Glasgow, Philip N. Johnson-Laird, Alan Mackworth, Arthur B. Markman, Douglas L. Medin, Keith Oatley, Dimitri Papadias, Steven Pinker, David E. Rumelhart, Herbert A. Simon.


$40.00 X ISBN: 9780262700672 360 pp. | 6 in x 9 in


Paul Thagard

Paul Thagard, a philosopher and cognitive scientist, is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo. He is the author of Brain-Mind, Natural Philosophy, The Cognitive Science of Science, Hot Thought, Mind: Introduction to Cognitive Science (the last three published by the MIT Press), and many other books. He writes a popular blog for Psychology Today and can be found at paulthagard.com.


  • Mind Readings is an engaging selection of core readings in cognitive science, systematically, organized to make the links between them clear. The papers succeed in highlighting the major issues and controversies in the field while at the same time being accessible to beginning students.

    Keith J. Holyoak

    Professor of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

  • Thagard has chosen readings wisely, not just to complement his textbook, but as a short stand-alone anthology. The collection succeeds admirably.

    George Graham

    Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham