A Defense of Type Materialism
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Sensations by Christopher S. Hill
Book DescriptionThis 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 (dualism, double aspect theory, eliminative materialism, functionalism), 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521397377
(216mm x 138mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Jan-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Christopher S. Hill
New Perspectives on Type Identity, Paperback (April 2015)
This book argues that many mental states, including such conscious states as perceptual experiences and bodily sensations, are identical with brain states.
Meaning, Mind, and Knowledge, Hardback (March 2014)
This volume presents a selection of essays by the leading philosopher Christopher S. Hill. Together, they address central philosophical issues related to four key concerns: the nature of truth; the relation between experiences and brain states; the relation between experiences and representational states; and problems concerning knowledge.
Consciousness, Hardback (October 2009)
This book identifies all of the main forms of consciousness and proposes an account of each of them.
Thought and World, Hardback (July 2002)» View all books by Christopher S. Hill
Thought and World presents a theory of the content of semantic notions.
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