Sensations: A Defense of Type Materialism

Cambridge University Press (1991)

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Christopher Hill
Brown University
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This is a book about sensory states and their apparent characteristics. It confronts a whole series of metaphysical and epistemological questions and presents an argument for type materialism: the view that sensory states are identical with the neural states with which they are correlated. According to type materialism, sensations are only possessed by human beings and members of related biological species; silicon-based androids cannot have sensations. The author rebuts several other rival theories, and explores a number of important issues: the forms and limits of introspective awareness of sensations, the semantic properties of sensory concepts, knowledge of other minds, and unity of consciousness. The book is a significant contribution to the philosophy of mind, and has much to say to psychologists and cognitive scientists.
Keywords Cognitive Science  Consciousness  Dualism  Functionalism  Materialism  Metaphysics  Mind  Other Minds  Semantics  Sensation
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Call number BD214.H54 1991
ISBN(s) 9781139173827   9780521394239
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