Reality: A Very Short Introduction

Reality: A Very Short Introduction

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'What is real?' has been one of the key questions of philosophy since its beginning in antiquity. It is a question that, due to such films as The Matrix, has also made its way into popular culture. But it is not just a question philosophers ask. It is also asked by scientists when they investigate whether the fundamental constituents of matter are actually 'out there' or just a mere abstraction from a successful theory. Cognitive scientists ask it when
trying to find out which set of the bewildering array of data processed by our brain could constitute the basis for such supposedly fundamental entities like the free agent or the self.

This Very Short Introduction discusses what reality is by looking at a variety of arguments, theories and thought-experiments from philosophy, physics, and cognitive science.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 114 x 173 x 9mm | 110g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 15 black and white illustrations
  • 0199594414
  • 9780199594412
  • 128,105

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. What is real? Dreams and simulations ; 2. Is matter real? ; 3. Are persons real? ; 4. Is time real? ; Conclusion ; References and Further Reading
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About Jan Westerhoff

Jan Westerhoff read Philosophy and Oriental Studies at the universities of Cambridge and London. He is currently Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Durham.
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