Matter and Sense: A Critique of Contemporary Materialism

Matter and Sense: A Critique of Contemporary Materialism

Hardback Cambridge Studies in Philosophy

By (author) Howard Robinson, Series edited by Ernest Sosa, Series edited by Jonathan Dancy, Series edited by John Haldane, Series edited by Gilbert Harman, Series edited by Frank Jackson, Series edited by William G. Lycan, Series edited by Sydney Shoemaker, Series edited by Judith Jarvis Thomson

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  • Format: Hardback | 148 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 18mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 9 September 1982
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521244714
  • ISBN 13: 9780521244718
  • Illustrations note: bibliography, index

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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.

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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.