Contemporary Materialism: A Reader

Contemporary Materialism: A Reader

by Paul K. Moser
     
 

Contemporary Materialism brings together the best recent work on materialism from many of our leading contemporary philosophers. This is the first comprehensive reader on the subject. The majority of philosophers and scientists today hold the view that all phenomena are physical, as a result materialism or 'physicalism' is now the dominant ontology in a wide range

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Contemporary Materialism brings together the best recent work on materialism from many of our leading contemporary philosophers. This is the first comprehensive reader on the subject. The majority of philosophers and scientists today hold the view that all phenomena are physical, as a result materialism or 'physicalism' is now the dominant ontology in a wide range of fields. Surprisingly no single book, until now, has collected the key investigations into materialism, to reflect the impact it has had on current thinking in metaphysics, philosophy of mind and the theory of value. The classic papers in this collection chart contemporary problems, positions and themes in materialism. At the invitation of the editors, many of the papers have been specially up-dated for this collection: follow-on pieces written by the contributors enable them to appraise the original paper and assess developments since the work was first published. The book's selections are largely non-technical and accessible to advanced undergraduates. The editors have provided a useful general introduction, outlining and contextualising this central system of thought, as well as a topical bibliography. Contemporary Materialism will be vital reading for anyone concerned to discover the ideas underlying contemporary philosophy. David Armstrong, University of Sydney; Jerry Fodor, Rutgers University, New Jersey; Tim Crane, University College, London; D. H. Mellor, Univeristy of Cambridge; J.J.C.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415108638
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/28/1995
Pages:
390
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1400L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Preface
Copyright Information
General Introduction: Contemporary Materialism1
1Naturalism, Materialism, and First Philosophy35
Postscript: "Naturalism, Materialism, and First Philosophy" Reconsidered47
2Special Sciences51
3There is no Question of Physicalism65
Postscript85
4Sensations and Brain Processes93
Postscript104
5Mental Events107
6Philosophy and our Mental Life122
7The Myth of Nonreductive Materialism133
8Eliminative Materialism and the Propositional Attitudes150
Postscript: Evaluating Our Self Conception168
9What Mary Didn't Know180
Postscript184
10Things and their Place in Theories193
11Physicalism and the Indeterminacy of Translation209
12Why There Isn't a Ready-made World225
13Evolution, Error, and Intentionality245
Postscript274
14The Scientific and the Ethical279
15How to be a Moral Realist297
Postscript: Materialism and Realism in Metaethics343
16How to be an Ethical Antirealist357
Bibliography on Contemporary Materialism371
Index375

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