Real Materialism: and Other Essays

Paperback | June 15, 2008

byGalen Strawson

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Real Materialism draws together papers written over twenty years by Galen Strawson in philosophy of mind and metaphysics. Strawson focuses on five main areas of enquiry: [1] the nature of the physical, consciousness, the 'mind-body problem', and the prospects for panpsychism; [2] the self,the subject of experience, self-consciousness, and the 'narrative' self; [3] free will and moral responsibility; [4] the nature of thought and intentionality and their connection with consciousness; [5] the problem of causation with particular reference to the philosophy of David Hume.

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Real Materialism draws together papers written over twenty years by Galen Strawson in philosophy of mind and metaphysics. Strawson focuses on five main areas of enquiry: [1] the nature of the physical, consciousness, the 'mind-body problem', and the prospects for panpsychism; [2] the self,the subject of experience, self-consciousness,...

Galen Strawson is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center, New York, and Professor of Philosophy at Reading University, UK. Prior to that he was Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at Jesus College, Oxford (1987-2000). He has held visiting positions at the Research School of Social Sciences at Australian National ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.06 inPublished:June 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Real Materialism2. Realistic monism: why physicalism entails panpsychism3. Can we know the nature of reality as it is in itself?4. Red and 'red'5. Self, body, and experience6. What is the relation between an experience, the subject of the experience, and the content of the experience?7. Against narrativity8. Episodic ethics9. Mental ballistics: the involuntariness of spontaneity10. Intentionality and experience: terminological preliminaries11. Real intentionality: why intentionality entails consciousness12. On the inevitability of freedom (from the compatibilist point of view )13. The impossibility of moral responsibility14. Consciousness, free will, and the unimportance of determinism15. Free agents16. Realism and causation17. The contingent reality of natural necessity18. David Hume: objects and power19. Epistemology, semantics, ontology, and David HumeBibliographyIndex