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New Perspectives on Type Identity
The Mental and the Physical


Simone Gozzano, Christopher S. Hill, Katalin Balog, William Bechtel, Ansgar Beckermann, John Bickle, Frank Jackson, Jaegwon Kim, Robert McCauley, Brian McLaughlin, Alyssa Ney, John Perry, Lawrence Shapiro, Thomas Polger
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  • Date Published: April 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107515420

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  • The type identity theory, according to which types of mental state are identical to types of physical state, fell out of favour for some years but is now being considered with renewed interest. Many philosophers are critically re-examining the arguments which were marshalled against it, finding in the type identity theory both resources to strengthen a comprehensive, physicalistic metaphysics and a useful tool in understanding the relationship between developments in psychology and new results in neuroscience. This volume brings together leading philosophers of mind, whose essays challenge in new ways the standard objections to type identity theory, such as the multiple realizability objection and the modal argument. Other essays show how cognitive science and neuroscience are lending new support to type identity theory and still others provide, extend and improve traditional arguments concerning the theory's explanatory power.

    • Proposes new views on the type identity theory of the mind
    • A range of approaches are covered, from pure metaphysics to reflections on empirical results
    • The papers defend a specific theory but without a monolithic or dogmatic approach
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    • Date Published: April 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107515420
    • length: 306 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Simone Gozzano and Christopher S. Hill
    1. Acquaintance and the mind-body problem Katalin Balog
    2. Identity, reduction, and conserved mechanisms: perspectives from circadian rhythm research William Bechtel
    3. Property identity and reductive explanation Ansgar Beckermann
    4. A brief history of neuroscience's actual influences on mind-brain reductionism John Bickle
    5. Type-identity conditions for phenomenal properties Simone Gozzano
    6. Locating qualia: do they reside in the brain or in the body and the world? Christopher S. Hill
    7. In defense of the identity theory Mark I Frank Jackson
    8. The very idea of token physicalism Jaegwon Kim
    9. About face: philosophical naturalism, the heuristic identity theory, and recent findings about prosopagnosia Robert McCauley
    10. On justifying neurobiologicalism for consciousness Brian McLaughlin
    11. The causal contribution of mental events Alyssa Ney
    12. Return of the zombies? John Perry
    13. Identity, variability, and multiple realization in the special sciences Lawrence Shapiro and Thomas Polger

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    Simone Gozzano, Università degli Studi dell'Aquila, Italy
    Simone Gozzano is Professor of Philosophy of Mind at the Università dell'Aquila. He is the author of four books (in Italian) on topics such as intentionality, animal minds, mental causation and consciousness. He is the co-editor, with Francesco Orilia, of Tropes and the Philosophy of Mind (2008).

    Christopher S. Hill, Brown University, Rhode Island
    Christopher S. Hill is a Professor of Philosophy at Brown University. He is the author of three books: Sensations: A Defense of Type Materialism (Cambridge, 1991), Thought and World: An Austere Account of Truth, Reference, and Semantic Correspondence (Cambridge, 2002), and Consciousness (Cambridge, 2009).


    Simone Gozzano, Christopher S. Hill, Katalin Balog, William Bechtel, Ansgar Beckermann, John Bickle, Frank Jackson, Jaegwon Kim, Robert McCauley, Brian McLaughlin, Alyssa Ney, John Perry, Lawrence Shapiro, Thomas Polger

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