Contemporary Materialism: A Reader

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Contemporary Materialism presents an important collection of recent work on materialism in connection with metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind and theories of value. This anthology charts the contemporary problems, positions and themes on the topic of materialism. It illuminates materialism's complex intersection with related subjects such as cognition and psychology. By gathering a wide-range of philosophical interventions around the subject of materialism, this anthology provides a valuable discussion of how materialism can effectively serve the purposes of philosophical assessment. To further assist the reader, it also contains an extensive bibliography on contemporary materialism.
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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 (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415108645
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/13/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 390
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
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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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