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The Waning of Materialism
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The Waning of Materialism

Robert C. Koons and George Bealer

Abstract

In this book twenty-three philosophers examine the doctrine of materialism and 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. This book responds 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 the building of a powerful cumulative case against the materialist research program. Several chapters addr ... More

Keywords: conscious experience, unity, identity, intentionality, mental causation, knowledge, Kripke, Chalmers, Jackson, Kim

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199556182
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556182.001.0001

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Robert C. Koons, editor
University of Texas -- Austin
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George Bealer, editor
Yale University
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Front Matter

I ARGUMENTS FROM CONSCIOUSNESS

1 Against Materialism

Laurence BonJour

II ARGUMENTS FROM UNITY AND IDENTITY

7 You are Simple

David Barnett

III INTENTIONALITY, MENTAL CAUSATION, AND KNOWLEDGE

10 Burge's Dualism1

Bernard W. Kobes

11 Modest Dualism1

Tyler Burge

IV ALTERNATIVES TO MATERIALISM

16 Dualizing Materialism

Michael Jubien

End Matter