The Waning of Materialism

Paperback | April 18, 2010

EditorRobert C. Koons, George Bealer

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Twenty-three philosophers examine the doctrine of materialism find it wanting. The case against materialism comprises arguments from conscious experience, from the unity and identity of the person, from intentionality, mental causation, and knowledge. The contributors include leaders in thefields of philosophy of mind, metaphysics, ontology, and epistemology, who respond ably to the most recent versions and defences of materialism. The modal arguments of Kripke and Chalmers, Jackson's knowledge argument, Kim's exclusion problem, and Burge's anti-individualism all play a part in thebuilding of a powerful cumulative case against the materialist research program. Several papers address the implications of contemporary brain and cognitive research (the psychophysics of color perception, blindsight, and the effects of commissurotomies), adding a posteriori arguments to theclassical a priori critique of reductionism. All of the current versions of materialism -- reductive and non-reductive, functionalist, eliminativist, and new wave materialism -- come under sustained and trenchant attack. In addition, a wide variety of alternatives to the materialist conception ofthe person receive new and illuminating attention, including anti-materialist versions of naturalism, property dualism, Aristotelian and Thomistic hylomorphism, and non-Cartesian accounts of substance dualism.

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Twenty-three philosophers examine the doctrine of materialism find it wanting. The case against materialism comprises arguments from conscious experience, from the unity and identity of the person, from intentionality, mental causation, and knowledge. The contributors include leaders in thefields of philosophy of mind, metaphysics, ont...

Robert C. Koons is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas, Austin. Koons studied at Michigan State, Oxford, and UCLA. He is the author of Paradoxes of Belief and Strategic Rationality (Cambridge, 1993), and Realism Regained (OUP, 2000). George Bealer is Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. He is the author of Qualit...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:440 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:April 18, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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I. Arguments from Consciousness1. Laurence BonJour: Against Materialism2. Adam Pautz: Consciousness: A Simple Approach3. Charles Siewert: Saving Appearances: A Dilemma For Physicalists4. Stephen L. White: The Property Dualism Argument5. Eli Hirsch: Kripke's Argument against Materialism6. George Bealer: The Self-Consciousness Argument: Functionalism and the Corruption of Intentional ContentII. Arguments from Unity and Identity7. David Barnett: On the Significance of Some Intuitions about the Mind8. William Hasker: Persons and the Unity of Consciousness9. Martine Nida-Rumelin: An Argument from Transtemporal Identity for Subject-Body DualismIII. Intentionality, Mental Causation and Knowledge10. Bernard W. Kobes: Burge's Dualism11. Tyler Burge: Modest Dualism12. Neal Judisch: Descartes' Revenge Part II: The Supervenience Argument Strikes Back13. Timothy O'Connor and John Ross Churchill: Nonreductive Materialism or Emergent Dualism? The Argument from Mental Causation14. Robert C. Koons: Epistemological Objections to MaterialismIV. Alternatives to Materialism15. Terry Horgan: Materialism, Minimal Emergentism, and the Hard Problem of Consciousness16. Michael Jubien: Dualizing Materialism17. Joseph Almog: Dualistic Materialism18. Mario De Caro: Varieties of Naturalism19. Angus J. L. Menuge: Against Methodological Materialism20. Brian Leftow: Soul, Mind and Brain21. Uwe Meixner: Materialism Does Not Save the Phenomena -- and the Alternative Which Does22. E. J. Lowe: Substance Dualism: A Non-Cartesian ApproachBibliographyIndex