Structure and the Metaphysics of Mind: How Hylomorphism Solves the Mind-Body Problem by William JaworskiStructure and the Metaphysics of Mind: How Hylomorphism Solves the Mind-Body Problem by William Jaworski

Structure and the Metaphysics of Mind: How Hylomorphism Solves the Mind-Body Problem

byWilliam Jaworski

Hardcover | April 14, 2016

Pricing and Purchase Info

$105.00

Earn 525 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store

Quantity:

Ships within 1-3 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores

about

Structure and the Metaphysics of Mind is the first book to show how hylomorphism can be used to solve mind-body problems - persistent problems understanding how thought, feeling, perception, and other mental phenomena fit into the physical world described by our best science. Hylomorphismclaims that structure is a basic ontological and explanatory principle. Some individuals, paradigmatically living things, consist of materials that are structured or organized in various ways. Those structures are responsible for individuals being the kinds of things they are, and having the kindsof powers or capacities they have. From a hylomorphic perspective, mind-body problems are byproducts of a worldview that rejects structure. Hylomorphic structure carves out distinctive individuals from the otherwise undifferentiated sea of matter and energy described by our best physics, and it confers on those individuals distinctive powers, including the powers to think, feel, and perceive. A worldview that rejects hylomorphicstructure lacks a basic principle which distinguishes the parts of the physical universe that can think, feel, and perceive from those that can't, and without such a principle, the existence of those powers in the physical world can start to look inexplicable and mysterious. But if mental phenomenaare structural phenomena, as hylomorphism claims, then they are uncontroversially part of the physical world, for on the hylomorphic view, structure is uncontroversially part of the physical world. Hylomorphism thus provides an elegant way of solving mind-body problems.
William Jaworski is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University. He is the author of Philosophy of Mind: A Comprehensive Introduction (Wiley-Blackwell) and a range of papers dealing with topics in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of religion.
Loading
Title:Structure and the Metaphysics of Mind: How Hylomorphism Solves the Mind-Body ProblemFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:April 14, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198749562

ISBN - 13:9780198749561

Look for similar items by category:

Reviews

Table of Contents

Introduction1. Structure in the world2. Individuals, properties, and events3. Tropes4. The identity theory of powers5. Competing theories of powers6. Structured individuals and their parts7. The problems of composition8. Structured activities and embodiment9. Hylomorphic necessitation and supervenience10. Explanation and lower-level determination11. Physicalism and other mind-body theories12. Williams' worry: Is hylomorphism just a form of physicalism?13. Hylomorphism and mind-body problems14. Why hylomorphism?ReferencesEndnotes