Contemporary Materialism: A Reader

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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. 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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Contents

Naturalism Materialism and First Philosophy
37
NATURALISM MATERIALISM AND FIRST PHILOSOPHY RECONSIDERED
49
Special Sciences
53
There is no Question of Physicalism
67
POSTSCRIPT
87
Sensations and Brain Processes
95
POSTSCRIPT
106
Mental Events
109
POSTSCRIPT
186
Things and their Place in Theories
195
Physicalism and the Indeterminacy of Translation
211
Why There Isnt a Readymade World
227
Evolution Error and Intentionality
247
The Scientific and the Ethical
281
How to be a Moral Realist
299
MATERIALISM AND REALISM IN METAETHICS
345

Philosophy and our Mental Life
124
The Myth of Nonreductive Materialism
135
Eliminative Materialism and the Prepositional Attitudes
152
What Mary Didnt Know
182
How to be an Ethical Antirealis
359
Bibliography on Contemporary Materialism
373
Index
377
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