Contemporary Materialism: A Reader

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Paul K. Moser, J. D. Trout
Psychology Press, 1995 - Philosophy - 378 pages
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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. This book collects 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 papers in this collection chart contemporary problems, positions and themes in materialism. At the inivitation 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.
  

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Contents

Naturalism Materialism and First Philosophy
35
NATURALISM MATERIALISM AND FIRST PHILOSOPHY RECONSIDERED
47
Special Sciences
51
There is no Question of Physicalism
65
POSTSCRIPT
85
Sensations and Brain Processes
93
POSTSCRIPT
104
Mental Events
107
Things and their Place in Theories
193
Physicalism and the Indeterminacy of Translation
209
Why There Isnt a Readymade World
225
Evolution Error and Intentionality
245
POSTSCRIPT
274
The Scientific and the Ethical
279
How to be a Moral Realist
297
MATERIALISM AND REALISM IN METAETHICS
343

Philosophy and our Mental Life
122
The Myth of Nonreductive Materialism
133
Eliminative Materialism and the Prepositional Attitudes
150
What Mary Didnt Know
180
POSTSCRIPT
184
How to be an Ethical Antirealis
357
Bibliography on Contemporary Materialism
371
Index
375
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