Physicalism (Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Mind)

Physicalism (Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Mind)

By: K. V. Wilkes (author)Hardback

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The primary aim of this study is to dissolve the mind-body problem. It shows how the 'problem' separates into two distinct sets of issues, concerning ontology on the one hand, and explanation on the other, and argues that explanation - whether or not human behaviour can be explained in physical terms - is the more crucial. The author contends that a functionalist methodology in psychology and neurophysiology will prove adequate to explain human behaviour. Defence of this thesis requires: an examination of the mental/physical dichotomy, and its rejection in favour of a distinction between psychological and physical terms; a description and discussion of functionalism in psychology and neurophysiology, showing how the notorious problem of the necessary intensionality of psychological terms may be circumvented; an examination of the role of computer simulation in psycho-physical research; and an explanation of how the phenomena of sentience fit the functional framework. The book concludes that the thesis presented is in all essentials that of Aristotle; Aristotle had no 'mind-body problem', and were it not for a subsequent over-obsession with Cartesian scepticism, we need not have had one either.

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Contents

1. Relations and Relata 2. Intensionality and Irreducibility 3. Psychology and 'Psychology' 4. Psychology and Practice 5. Robots and Research 6. Sensations and Sentience 7. Mind Undermined

Product Details

  • publication date: 03/11/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781138825956
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 158
  • ID: 9781138825956
  • weight: 294
  • ISBN10: 1138825956

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