Mind & Matter

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-03-22
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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Originally published in 1931, this book forms the first of two volumes based on the Gifford Lectures delivered at the University of Edinburgh in 1919 and 1921. The second volume, God and Nature, was originally published in 1952. The text provides a philosophical discussion of the nature of experience, examining the fundamental principles of knowledge regarding the physical world, the self and minds other than our own. Throughout this discussion, a carefully defined 'common sense' position is put forward as the mediating factor in the relationship between the mind and the material world. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in philosophy, psychology and theories of knowledge.

Table of Contents

The Animism of Common Sense
Common sense and philosophy
The animistic view of casual process
Teleological animism
Aesthetic animism
The Psycho-Physical Problem
The nature of the psycho-physical problem
Interactionism, parallelism, and materialism
Parallelism versus interactionism
Transition to the criticism of materialism
Materialism incompatible with the general order of nature
Materialism incompatible with the nature of causal process
Materialism incompatible with the teleological order
Transitional: the embodied self of self-consciousness
Knowledge of Physical Existence - Historical and Critical
Typical theories
The Kantian view
The Kantian view (continued) - the transcendental object
Criticism of typical theories
Immediate knowledge and immediate experience
Knowledge of Physical Existence - Positive View
The perception of external objects
How physical existence can be known - introductory
The knowledge of physical existence as founded in sense-experience - the sensory continuum
Contrast between immediate knowledge of sensa and of physical phenomena
Primary and secondary qualities
The activity factor
Final treatment of the psycho-physical problem
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