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Overview

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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Moser & Trout (both philosophy, Loyola U.-Chicago) have assembled the writings of 16 writers (Boyd, Crane, Kim, Davidson...) on the modern philosophy also called physicalism. While Routledge quotes paper & cloth prices of $22.95 and $65.00, the cataloging-in-publication data cites $18.95 and $59.95; we believe the law requires the publisher to honor those printed prices. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415108638
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/1995
  • Pages: 390
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Lexile: 1400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Preface
Copyright Information
General Introduction: Contemporary Materialism 1
1 Naturalism, Materialism, and First Philosophy 35
Postscript: "Naturalism, Materialism, and First Philosophy" Reconsidered 47
2 Special Sciences 51
3 There is no Question of Physicalism 65
Postscript 85
4 Sensations and Brain Processes 93
Postscript 104
5 Mental Events 107
6 Philosophy and our Mental Life 122
7 The Myth of Nonreductive Materialism 133
8 Eliminative Materialism and the Propositional Attitudes 150
Postscript: Evaluating Our Self Conception 168
9 What Mary Didn't Know 180
Postscript 184
10 Things and their Place in Theories 193
11 Physicalism and the Indeterminacy of Translation 209
12 Why There Isn't a Ready-made World 225
13 Evolution, Error, and Intentionality 245
Postscript 274
14 The Scientific and the Ethical 279
15 How to be a Moral Realist 297
Postscript: Materialism and Realism in Metaethics 343
16 How to be an Ethical Antirealist 357
Bibliography on Contemporary Materialism 371
Index 375
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