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Metaphysics of Consciousness : Philosophical Issues in Science - William Seager

Metaphysics of Consciousness

Philosophical Issues in Science

Hardcover Published: 5th December 1991
ISBN: 9780415063579
Number Of Pages: 272

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"Metaphysics of Consciousness," a volume in the series "Philosophical Issues in Science," discusses the philosophical issue of the nature of consciousness. William Seager argues that the purely physicalist or materialist view of human consciousness is by no means disproved and is in fact strongly supported by some developments in artificial intelligence.
William Seager proceeds by addressing the problems of consciousness that remain even for a minimal physicalism. The particular modes of subjective consciousness that constitute experience threaten a paradigm of scientific understanding, labelled "physical resolution," that prospers in all other realms of inquiry. A phenomenon is physically resolved by demonstrating that its components are made up of purely physical parts and its causal efficacy is grounded in the physical properties of parts. The apparent inability to resolve physical consciousness leaves it not only inexplicable, but inexplicable in a way that threatens even a minimal physicalism.
This book is distinctive in its emphasis on the legitimacy of inexplicability and its argument that consciousness transcends the paradigm of physical resolution. It will be of great use to advanced students and lecturers in philosophy.

"The author has produced a book which is lucidly written, closely reasoned and not overly polemical . . . This is more than just a good book--it is an important book." -"Times Higher Education Supplement "At last we have someone who takes psychology and physiology seriously as sciences, and who therefore does justice both to the philosophical and to the scientific dimensions of the mind-brain relation." -K. V. Wilkes, St. Hilda's College, Oxford

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. viii
The Retreat of Physicalismp. 1
Physicalism, Ontology and Explanationp. 3
Positive Reductive Strategiesp. 35
Negative Reductive Strategiesp. 64
The Problem of Consciousnessp. 97
Varieties of Superveniencep. 99
Consciousness, Information and Epiphenomenalismp. 133
Consciousness and Causal Efficacyp. 169
Reconciliation and Mysteryp. 197
Notesp. 225
Bibliographyp. 243
Name Indexp. 254
Subject Indexp. 257
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ISBN: 9780415063579
ISBN-10: 0415063574
Series: Philosophical Issues in Science
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 5th December 1991
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1

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