Metaphysics of Consciousness

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Routledge, Sep 11, 2002 - Philosophy - 272 pages
Metaphysics of Consciousness opens with a development of the physicalist outlook that denies the need for any explanation of the mental. This "inexplicability" is demonstrated not to be sufficient as refutation of physicalism. However, the inescapable particularity of modes of consciousness appears to overpower this minimal physicalism. This book proposes that such an inference requires either a wholly new conception of how consciousness is physical or a deep and disturbing new kind of physical inexplicability.
 

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Contents

Preface
POSITIVE REDUCTIVE STRATEGIES
NEGATIVE REDUCTIVE STRATEGIES
VARIETIES OF SUPERVENIENCE
CONSCIOUSNESS INFORMATION
CONSCIOUSNESS AND CAUSAL EFFICACY
RECONCILIATION AND MYSTERY

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