Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Knowledge, Possibility, and Consciousness by John Perry

Physicalism is the idea that if everything that goes on in the universe is physical, our consciousness and feelings must also be physical. Ever since Descartes formulated the mind-body problem, a long line of philosophers has found the physicalist view to be preposterous. According to John Perry, the history of the mind-body problem is, in part, the slow victory of physical monism over various forms of dualism. Each new version of dualism claims that surely something more is going on with us than the merely physical. In this book Perry defends a view that he calls antecedent physicalism. He takes on each of three major arguments against physicalism, showing that they pose no threat to antecedent physicalism. These arguments are the zombie argument (that there is a possible world inhabited by beings that are physically indiscernible from us but not conscious), the knowledge argument (that we can know facts about our own feelings that are not just physical facts, thereby proving physicalism false), and the modal argument (that the identity of sensation and brain state is contingent, but since there is no such thing as contingent identity, sensations are not brain states).

Buy Knowledge, Possibility, and Consciousness by John Perry from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780262661355
ISBN-10: 0262661357
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 135mm x 13mm)
Pages: 238
Imprint: Bradford Books
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 24-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions - Knowledge, Possibility, and Consciousness by John Perry

Book Reviews - Knowledge, Possibility, and Consciousness by John Perry

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Knowledge, Possibility, and Consciousness book by John Perry and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Author Biography - John Perry

John Perry is the H.W. Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University.

Books By John Perry

God, the Good, and Utilitarianism by John Perry
Paperback, October 2016
$35.06
Sport Psychology: A Complete Introduction by John Perry
Paperback, January 2016
$22.49
Introduction to Philosophy by John Perry
Paperback, July 2015
$102.56
Every Gift Matters by John Perry
Hardback, May 2015
$34.27