Beyond Physicalism

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John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2000 - Psychology - 266 pages
Unlike standard attempts to address the so-called 'hard problem' of consciousness, which assume our understanding of consciousness is unproblematic, this book begins by focusing on phenomenology and is devoted to clarifying the relations between intentionality, propositional content and experience. In particular, it argues that the subjectivity of experience cannot be understood in representationalist terms. This is important, for it is because many philosophers fail to come to terms with subjectivity that they are at a loss to provide a convincing solution to the mind-body problem. In this light the metaphysical problem is revealed to be a product of the misguided attempt to incorporate consciousness within an object-based schema, inspired by physicalism. A similar problem arises in the interpretation of quantum mechanics and this gives us further reason to look beyond physicalism, in matters metaphysical. Thus the virtues of absolute idealism are re-examined, as are the wider consequences of adopting its understanding of truth within the philosophy of science.This book complements the arguments and investigations of "The Presence of Mind," which it partners. (Series A)
 

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
CHAPTER ONE Nonconceptual Experience
12
CHAPTER TWO From a Sensational Point of View
47
CHAPTER THREE The Failure of Explanatory Physicalism
72
CHAPTER FOUR Intelligibility and Conceptual Limits
110
CHAPTER FIVE Pluralistic Naturalism and Absolute Idealism
138
CHAPTER SIX Defending Absolute Idealism
164
CHAPTER SEVEN Truth and the Whole Truth
187
Notes
218
References
238
Index
267
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