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Physicalism and its Discontents

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David Papineau, Barry Loewer, D. Gene Witmer, Sydney Shoemaker, Georges Rey, Howard Robinson, Noa Latham, Stephen Leeds, Scott Sturgeon, Tim Crane, Carl Gillett, Gary Gates, Jaegwon Kim, Colin McGinn, Terence Horgan, John Tienson, Brian P. McLaughlin, Andrew Melnyk
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  • Date Published: January 2011
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  • Physicalism, a topic that has been central to modern philosophy of mind and metaphysics, 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 essays, first published in 2001, offers a series of perspectives on this important doctrine and brings 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.

    • Hot topic in philosophy of mind and metaphysics
    • These essays are from some leading philosophers in the debate over physicalism
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    • Date Published: January 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511889271
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Contributors
    Preface
    Part I. Physicalism:
    1. The rise of physicalism David Papineau
    2. From physics to physicalism Barry Loewer
    3. Sufficiency claims and physicalism: a formulation D. Gene Witmer
    4. Realization and mental causation Sydney Shoemaker
    5. Physicalism and psychology: a plea for a substantive philosophy of mind Georges Rey
    6. Davidson and non-reductive materialism: a tale of two cultures Howard Robinson
    7. Substance physicalism Noa Latham
    8. Possibility: physical and metaphysical Stephen Leeds
    Part II. Physicalist Discontents:
    9. The roots of reductionism Scott Sturgeon
    10. The significance of emergence Tim Crane
    11. The methodological role of physicalism: a minimal scepticism Carl Gillett
    12. Physicalism, empiricism and positivism Gary Gates
    Part III. Physicalism and Consciousness: A Continuing Dialectic
    Section 1. Arguments for Pessimism:
    13. Mental causation and consciousness: the two mind-body problems for the physicalist Jaegwon Kim
    14. How not to solve the mind-body problem Colin McGinn
    15. Deconstructing new wave materialism Terence Horgan and John Tienson
    Section 2. Optimistic Rejoinders:
    16. In defense of new wave materialism: a response to Horgan and Tienson Brian P. McLaughlin
    17. Physicalism unfalsified: Chalmer's inconclusive conceivability argument Andrew Melnyk
    References
    Index.

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    Carl Gillett, Illinois Wesleyan University

    Barry Loewer, Rutgers University, New Jersey

    Contributors

    David Papineau, Barry Loewer, D. Gene Witmer, Sydney Shoemaker, Georges Rey, Howard Robinson, Noa Latham, Stephen Leeds, Scott Sturgeon, Tim Crane, Carl Gillett, Gary Gates, Jaegwon Kim, Colin McGinn, Terence Horgan, John Tienson, Brian P. McLaughlin, Andrew Melnyk

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