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- DescriptionIn Mental Reality, Galen Strawson argues that much contemporary philosophy of mind gives undue primacy of place to publicly observable phemena, nmental phemena, and behavioral phemena (understood as publicly observable phemena) in its account of the nature of mind. It does so at the expense of the phemena of conscious experience. Strawson describes an alternative position, naturalized Cartesianism, which couples the materialist view that mind is entirely natural and wholly physical with a fully realist account of the nature of conscious experience. Naturalized Cartesianism is an adductive (as opposed to reductive) form of materialism. Adductive materialists don't claim that conscious experience is anything less than we ordinarily conceive it to be, in being wholly physical. They claim instead that the physical is something more than we ordinarily conceive it to be, given that many of the wholly physical goings on in the brain constitute -- literally are -- conscious experiences as we ordinarily conceive them. Since naturalized Cartesianism downgrades the place of reference to nmental and publicly observable phemena in an adequate account of mental phemena, Strawson considers in detail the question of what part such reference still has to play. He argues that it is a mistake to think that all behavioral phemena are publicly observable phemena.This revised and expanded edition of Mental Reality includes a new appendix, which thoroughly revises the account of intentionality given in chapter 7.
- Author BiographyGalen Strawson taught philosophy at the University of Oxford for twenty years before moving to the University of Reading in 2001. He was Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate Center from 2004-2007.
- Author(s)Galen Strawson
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication13/11/2009
- Series TitleRepresentation and Mind Series
- Place of PublicationMassachusetts
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintBradford Books
- Content Note3 tables
- Weight544 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Edition StatementWith a new appendix
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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