Reality: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | December 1, 2011

byJan Westerhoff

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"What is real?" has been one of the key questions of philosophy since its beginning in antiquity. It is a question that, due to such films as The Matrix, has also made its way into popular culture. But it is not just a question philosophers ask. It is also asked by scientists when theyinvestigate whether the fundamental constituents of matter are actually "out there" or just a mere abstraction from a successful theory. Cognitive scientists ask it when trying to find out which set of the bewildering array of data processed by our brain could constitute the basis for suchsupposedly fundamental entities like the free agent or the self.This Very Short Introduction discusses what reality is by looking at a variety of arguments, theories and thought - experiments from philosophy, physics, and cognitive science.

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"What is real?" has been one of the key questions of philosophy since its beginning in antiquity. It is a question that, due to such films as The Matrix, has also made its way into popular culture. But it is not just a question philosophers ask. It is also asked by scientists when theyinvestigate whether the fundamental constituents of...

Jan Westerhoff read Philosophy and Oriental Studies at the universities of Cambridge and London. He is currently Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Durham.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pagesPublished:December 1, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. What is real? Dreams and simulations2. Is matter real?3. Are persons real?4. Is time real?ConclusionReferences and Further Reading