Matter and Sense

Matter and Sense : A Critique of Contemporary Materialism

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The assumption of materialism (in its many forms) Howard Robinson believes is false. In his book he presents a very forceful critique of the modern forms that materialism has taken. In telling discussions of the theory of supervenience put forward by Davidson and Peacocke, the central state materialism attributable to Smart, Armstrong and others, Putnam's functionalism, and Rorty's disappearance theory, he shows that, whatever their local inconsistencies, these forms of materialism all overlook or quite inadequately explain elementary and unimpeachable intuitions about our own mental experiences. Robinson concludes with a consideration of the alternative views of the matter of which the mind is held to consist. These arguments will either serve to crystallise for the most part inchoate opposition to materialism among a number of philosophers, and will challenge its proponents to find a more secure defence for the basis of their view.show more

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  • Hardback | 148 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 17.78mm | 272.15g
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0521244714
  • 9780521244718

Table of contents

Acknowledgements; 1. The materialist's problem and some non-reductive solutions; 2. Supervenience and reduction; 3. Behaviourism and stimulus materialism; 4. The causal theory of the mind; 5. The disappearance theory; 6. Reductive theories of perception; 7. Matter: turning the tables; Conclusion; References; Index.show more