Knowledge, Thought, and the Case for Dualism

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The relationship between mind and matter, mental states and physical states, has occupied the attention of philosophers for thousands of years. Richard Fumerton's primary concern is the knowledge argument for dualism - an argument that proceeds from the idea that we can know truths about our existence and our mental states without knowing any truths about the physical world. This view has come under relentless criticism, but here Fumerton makes a powerful case for its rehabilitation, demonstrating clearly the ...
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Overview

The relationship between mind and matter, mental states and physical states, has occupied the attention of philosophers for thousands of years. Richard Fumerton's primary concern is the knowledge argument for dualism - an argument that proceeds from the idea that we can know truths about our existence and our mental states without knowing any truths about the physical world. This view has come under relentless criticism, but here Fumerton makes a powerful case for its rehabilitation, demonstrating clearly the importance of its interconnections with a wide range of other controversies within philosophy. Fumerton analyzes philosophical views about the nature of thought and the relation of those views to arguments for dualism, and investigates the connection between a traditional form of foundationalism about knowledge, and a foundationalist view about thought that underlies traditional arguments for dualism. His book will be of great interest to those studying epistemology and the philosophy of mind.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107037878
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2013
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy Series
  • Pages: 295
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Fumerton is the F. Wendell Miller Professor of Philosophy at the University of Iowa. His most recent publications include Realism and the Correspondence Theory of Truth (2002), Epistemology (2006) and The Philosophy of John Stuart Mill (with Wendy Donner, 2009).
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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Setting the stage; 2. Distinctions - versions of physicalism and dualism; 3. Ontological priorities - taking phenomenology seriously; 4. Knowledge arguments revisited; 5. Indirect thought and informative identity; 6. An ontologically liberating skepticism - the last hope for physicalism; 7. Objections and replies; 8. The ubiquitous self - a brief postscript.
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