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Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Mind

Brian McLaughlin (Editor), Jonathan Cohen (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-76632-3
384 pages
February 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Mind showcases the leading contributors to the field, debating the major questions in philosophy of mind today.

  • Comprises 20 newly commissioned essays on hotly debated issues in the philosophy of mind
  • Written by a cast of leading experts in their fields, essays take opposing views on 10 central contemporary debates
  • A thorough introduction provides a comprehensive background to the issues explored
  • Organized into three sections which explore the ontology of the mental, nature of the mental content, and the nature of consciousness
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors ix

Introduction
Jonathan Cohen xii

PART I MENTAL CONTENT 1

Is There a Viable Notion of Narrow Mental Content? 3

1 Cognitive Content and Propositional Attitude Attributions
Gabriel Segal 5

2 There Is No Viable Notion of Narrow Content
Sarah Sawyer 20

Is Externalism about Mental Content Compatible with Privileged Access? 35

3 Externalism and Privileged Access Are Consistent
Anthony Brueckner 37

4 Externalism and Privileged Access Are Inconsistent
Michael McKinsey 53

Is the Intentional Essentially Normative? 67

5 Resisting Normativism in Psychology
Georges Rey 69

6 Normativism Defended
Ralph Wedgwood 85

Is There Non-Conceptual Content? 103

7 The Revenge of the Given
Jerry Fodor 105

8 Are There Different Kinds of Content?
Richard G. Heck Jr 117

PART II PHYSICALISM 139

Is Non-Reductive Materialism Viable? 141

9 Everybody Has Got It: A Defense of Non-Reductive Materialism
Louise Antony 143

10 The Evolving Fortunes of Eliminative Materialism
Paul M. Churchland 160

Should Physicalists Be A Priori Physicalists? 183

11 A Priori Physicalism
Frank Jackson 185

12 On the Limits of A Priori Physicalism
Brian P. McLaughlin 200

Is There an Unresolved Problem of Mental Causation? 225

13 Causation and Mental Causation
Jaegwon Kim 227

14 Mental Causation, or Something Near Enough
Barry Loewer 243

PART III THE PLACE OF CONSCIOUSNESS IN NATURE 265

Is Consciousness Ontologically Emergent from the Physical? 267

15 Dualist Emergentism
Martine Nida-Rümelin 269

16 Against Ontologically Emergent Consciousness
David Braddon-Mitchell 287

Are Phenomenal Characters and Intentional Contents of Experiences Identical? 301

17 New Troubles for the Qualia Freak
Michael Tye 303

18 A Case for Qualia
Sydney Shoemaker 319

Is Awareness of Our Mental Acts a Kind of Perceptual Consciousness? 333

19 All Consciousness Is Perceptual
Jesse Prinz 335

20 Mental Action and Self-Awareness (I)
Christopher Peacocke 358

Index 377

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Author Information

Brian P. McLaughlin is Professor and Chair in the philosophy department at Rutgers University. He has published widely in philosophy of mind and cognitive science, and is the co-editor of the classic collection on the philosophy of Donald Davidson, Actions and Events: Perspectives on the Philosophy of Donald Davidson (Blackwell, 1988), editor of Dretske and His Critics (Blackwell, 1991) and the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Mind.

Jonathan Cohen is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. He is the the author of numerous papers in philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of language, metaphysics, and perception. Much of his recent work has focused on the metaphysics of color properties.

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  • Comprises 20 newly commissioned essays on hotly debated issues in the philosophy of mind
  • Written by a cast of leading experts in their fields, essays take opposing views on 10 central contemporary debates
  • A thorough introduction provides a comprehensive background to the issues explored
  • Organized into three sections which explore the ontology of the mental, nature of the mental content, and the nature of consciousness
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Reviews

"The volume succeeds in crystallizing many of the contentious issues in the field, whilst developing the conceptual landscape and identifying new issues. This is a compelling publication that is thoughtfully constructed and is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the contemporary debates in philosophy of mind." (Philosophical Psychology, 14 December 2011)

“McLaughlin and Cohen present a series of 10 debates dealing with the issues of mental content, physicalism, and the place of consciousness in nature. The introduction gives a useful overview of each debate and each has been given a heading making it clear what the central issue at stake is. This is a good collection that does what it promises and provides a good introduction to some important issues.” (Metapsychology, October 2008)

"This book gives the reader a vivid sense of the philosophy of mind as a living activity. The chapters of this book provide an excellent introduction to ongoing debates about consciousness, intentionality, and physicalism. At the same time, many of the chapters make important contributions to the subject in their own right."
–David Chalmers, Australian National University

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