Metaphysics of Consciousness

Routledge and Kegan Paul (1991)
Metaphysics of Consciousness , a volume in the series Philosophical Issues in Science , discusses the philosophical issue of the nature of consciousness. William Seager argues that the purely physicalist or materialist view of human consciousness is by no means disproved and is in fact strongly supported by some developments in artificial intelligence. William Seager proceeds by addressing the problems of consciousness that remain even for a minimal physicalism. The particular modes of subjective consciousness that constitute experience threaten a paradigm of scientific understanding, labelled "physical resolution," that prospers in all other realms of inquiry. A phenomenon is physically resolved by demonstrating that its components are made up of purely physical parts and its causal efficacy is grounded in the physical properties of parts. The apparent inability to resolve physical consciousness leaves it not only inexplicable, but inexplicable in a way that threatens even a minimal physicalism. This book is distinctive in its emphasis on the legitimacy of inexplicability and its argument that consciousness transcends the paradigm of physical resolution. It will be of great use to advanced students and lecturers in philosophy
Keywords Being  Causality  Cognition  Consciousness  Mental States  Metaphysics  Mind  Ontology  Physicalism  Self  Supervenience
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Call number B105.C477.S42 1992
ISBN(s) 0415063574   9780415063579   0203213521   9780203213520   9781134923205   9781134923199   9781134923151   9781134923175   1134923198  
DOI 10.2307/2185694
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