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Physicalism and its Discontents - Carl Gillett

Physicalism and its Discontents

By: Carl Gillett (Editor), Barry Loewer (Editor)

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Published: 26th November 2001
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Physicalism, a topic that has been central to philosophy of mind and metaphysics in recent years, is the philosophical view that everything in the space-time world is ultimately physical. The physicalist will claim that all facts about the mind and the mental are physical facts and deny the existence of mental events and state insofar as these are thought of as independent of physical things, events and states. This collection of new essays offers a series of 'state-of-the-art' perspectives on this important doctrine and brings new depth and breadth to the philosophical debate. A group of distinguished philosophers, comprising both physicalists and their critics, consider a wide range of issues including the historical genesis and present justification of physicalism, its metaphysical presuppositions and methodological role, its implications for mental causation, and the account it provides of consciousness.

"...a fine source of some cutting-edge work in a rapidly changing field." Philosophy in Review "...anyone looking for a state-of-the-art collection of essays discussing current issues in metaphysics of mind and its implications for consciousness and mental causation will find this collection useful, rich and provocative in places." Metapsychology Online Book Reviews

Contributors
Preface
Physicalism
The rise of physicalism
From physics to physicalism
Sufficiency claims and physicalism: a formulation
Realization and mental causation
Physicalism and psychology: a plea for a substantive philosophy of mind
Davidson and non-reductive materialism: a tale of two cultures
Substance physicalism
Possibility: physical and metaphysical
Physicalist Discontents
The roots of reductionism
The significance of emergence
The methodological role of physicalism: a minimal skepticism
Physicalism, empiricism and positivism
Physicalism and Consciousness: A Continuing Dialectic
Mental causation and consciousness: the two mind-body problems for the physicalist
How not to solve the mind-body problem
Deconstructing new wave materialism
In defense of new wave materialism: a response to
Physicalism unfalsified: ChalmerÆs inconclusive conceivability argument
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521801751
ISBN-10: 0521801753
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 26th November 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.73