Consciousness in the Physical World: Perspectives on Russellian Monism

Hardcover | May 5, 2015

EditorTorin Alter, Yujin Nagasawa

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According to Russellian monism, an alternative to the familiar theories in the philosophy of mind that combines attractive components of physicalism and dualism, matter has intrinsic properties that both constitute consciousness and serve as categorical bases for the dispositional propertiesdescribed in physics. Consciousness in the Physical World collects various works on Russellian monism, including historical selections, recent classics, and new pieces. Most chapters are sympathetic with the view, but some are skeptical. Together, they constitute the first book-length treatment of the view itself, itsrelationship to other theories, its motivations, and its problems.

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According to Russellian monism, an alternative to the familiar theories in the philosophy of mind that combines attractive components of physicalism and dualism, matter has intrinsic properties that both constitute consciousness and serve as categorical bases for the dispositional propertiesdescribed in physics. Consciousness in the P...

Torin Alter is Professor of Philosophy at The University of Alabama, USA. He is author of articles in Mind, Philosophical Studies, and elsewhere; co-author of A Dialogue on Consciousness and The God Dialogues: A Philosophical Journey (both OUP); and co-editor of Consciousness and the Mind-Body Problem: A Reader and Phenomenal Concepts ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:472 pages, 9.41 × 6.5 × 1.5 inPublished:May 5, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Torin Alter and Yujin Nagasawa: Editors' IntroductionPart I: Precursors1. Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz, excerpt from Monadology and letter to DeVolder2. Immanuel Kant, excerpt from Critique of Pure Reason3. William James, excerpt from The Principles of Psychology4. Bertrand Russell, excerpts from Analysis of Matter (1927), Human Knowledge: Its Scope and Limits (1948), Portraits from Memory (1956), and My Philosophical Development (19595. Leopold Stubenberg, "Russell, Russellian Monism, and Panpsychism"6. Donovan Wishon, "Russell on Russellian Monism"Part III: Modern Classics and Recent Works7. Grover Maxwell, "Rigid Designators and Mind-Brain Identity" (excerpt)8. Michael Lockwood, "The Grain Problem"9. Galen Strawson, "Real Materialism" (revised version, with postscript)10. Barbara Gail Montero, "Russellian Physicalism"11. Gregg Rosenberg, "Causality and the Combination Problem"12. David J. Chalmers, "Panpsychism and Panprotopsychism"13. Torin Alter and Robert J. Howell, "The Short Slide from A Posteriori Physicalism to Russellian Monism"14. Derk Pereboom, "Consciousness, Physicalism, and Absolutely Intrinsic Properties"15. Daniel Stoljar, "Russellian Monism or Nagelian Monism?"16. Alyssa Ney, "A Physicalist Critique of Russellian Monism"17. Philip Goff, "Against Constitutive Russellian Monism"18. Amy Kind, "Pessimism about Russellian Monism"19. Torin Alter and Yujin Nagasawa, "What is Russellian Monism?"