Objections to Physicalism by Howard Robinson

Objections to Physicalism

EditorHoward Robinson

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Physicalism has in recent years become almost an orthodoxy, especially in the philosophy of mind. Many philosophers, however, feel uneasy about this development, and this volume is intended as a collective response to it. Together these papers, written by philosophers from Britain, theUnited States, and Australasia, show that physicalism faces enormous problems in every area in which it is discussed. The contributors not only investigate the well-known difficulties that physicalism has in accommodating sensory consciousness, but also bring out its inadequacies in dealing with thought, intentionality, abstract objects (such as numbers), and principles of both theoretical and practical reason;even its ability to cope with the physical world itself is called into question. Both strong 'reductionist' versions and weaker 'supervenience' theories are discussed and found to face different but equally formidable obstacles. These essays suggest forcefully that the advance of physicalism has been achieved more by talking down the problems that it faces than by solving them.

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Howard Robinson is Soros Professor of Philosophy at the Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Liverpool. He is author of Matter and Sense (CUP, 1982) and Perception (Routledge, 1994), editor of George Berkeley's Principles of Human Knowledge and Three Dialogues in the World's Class...
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Title:Objections to PhysicalismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:332 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

Howard Robinson: Introduction1. George Myro: Thinking2. Bob Hale: Physicalism and Mathematics3. Ralph Walker: Transcendental Arguments Against Physicalism4. Grant Gillett: Actions, Causes, and Mental Ascriptions5. George Bealer: Materialism and the Logical Structure of Intentionality6. Steven J. Wagner: Truth, Physicalism, and Ultimate Theory7. Howard Robinson: The Anti-Materialist Strategy and the `Knowledge Argument'8. Richard Warner: Incorrigibility9. Nicholas Nathan: Weak Materialism10. A.D. Smith: Non-Reductive Physicalism?11. Peter Forrest: Difficulties with Physicalism, and a Programme for Dualists12. Michael Lockwood: The Grain Problem13. John Foster: The Succinct Case for IdealismBibliography, Index

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Physicalism has in recent years become almost an orthodoxy, especially in the philosophy of mind. Many philosophers, however, feel uneasy about this development, and this volume is intended as a collective response to it. Together these papers, written by philosophers from Britain, the USA, and Australasia, show that physicalism faces enormous problems in every area in which it is discussed.

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`Nicely crafted collection ... In the rich variety of arguments advanced by Robinson's contributors, four groups of objections to physicalism may be discerned ... The volume as a whole should be read by anyone still wishing to be called a `materialist' or a `physicalist' towards the end of thetwentieth century.'The Philosophical Quarterly