The Waning of Materialism

The Waning of Materialism

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Twenty-three philosophers examine the doctrine of materialism find it wanting. The case against materialism comprises arguments from conscious experience, from the unity and identity of the person, from intentionality, mental causation, and knowledge. The contributors include leaders in the fields of philosophy of mind, metaphysics, ontology, and epistemology, who respond ably to the most recent versions and defences of materialism. The modal arguments of Kripke and
Chalmers, Jackson's knowledge argument, Kim's exclusion problem, and Burge's anti-individualism all play a part in the building of a powerful cumulative case against the materialist research program. Several papers address the implications of contemporary brain and cognitive research (the
psychophysics of color perception, blindsight, and the effects of commissurotomies), adding a posteriori arguments to the classical a priori critique of reductionism. All of the current versions of materialism - reductive and non-reductive, functionalist, eliminativist, and new wave materialism - come under sustained and trenchant attack. In addition, a wide variety of alternatives to the materialist conception of the person receive new and illuminating attention, including anti-materialist
versions of naturalism, property dualism, Aristotelian and Thomistic hylomorphism, and non-Cartesian accounts of substance dualism.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 524 pages
  • 163 x 241 x 35mm | 911g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0199556180
  • 9780199556182

Table of contents

I. ARGUMENTS FROM CONSCIOUSNESS ; 1. Against Materialism ; 2. Consciousness: A Simple Approach ; 3. Saving Appearances: A Dilemma For Physicalists ; 4. The Property Dualism Argument ; 5. Kripke's Argument against Materialism ; 6. The Self-Consciousness Argument: Functionalism and the Corruption of Intentional Content ; II. ARGUMENTS FROM UNITY AND IDENTITY ; 7. On the Significance of Some Intuitions about the Mind ; 8. Persons and the Unity of Consciousness ; 9. An Argument from Transtemporal Identity for Subject-Body Dualism ; III. INTENTIONALITY, MENTAL CAUSATION AND KNOWLEDGE ; 10. Burge's Dualism ; 11. Modest Dualism ; 12. Descartes' Revenge Part II: The Supervenience Argument Strikes Back ; 13. Nonreductive Materialism or Emergent Dualism? The Argument from Mental Causation ; 14. Epistemological Objections to Materialism ; IV. ALTERNATIVES TO MATERIALISM ; 15. Materialism, Minimal Emergentism, and the Hard Problem of Consciousness ; 16. Dualizing Materialism ; 17. Dualistic Materialism ; 18. Varieties of Naturalism ; 19. Against Methodological Materialism ; 20. Soul, Mind and Brain ; 21. Materialism Does Not Save the Phenomena - and the Alternative Which Does ; 22. Substance Dualism: A Non-Cartesian Approach ; Bibliography ; Index
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About Robert C. Koons

Robert C. Koons is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas - Austin. Koons studied at Michigan State, Oxford, and UCLA. He is the author of Paradoxes of Belief and Strategic Rationality (Cambridge, 1993), and Realism Regained (OUP, 2000).

George Bealer is Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. He is the author of Quality and Concept (OUP, 1982)
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