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ISBN-13: 978-0199571550 ISBN-10: 0199571554

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (September 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199571554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199571550
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...this is an excellent book...In virtue of the great clarity of its arguments and the richness of the metaphysical framework within which it is based, I believe that the book will provide one of the central guides to thinking within the mental causation debate, in particular for those seeking to defend a non-reductive physicalism. Sophie C. Gibb MIND ...there is much to be learnt from reflection on its wealth of ideas and arguments Robert Kirk, Analysis Reviews ...the author sheds new light on many of the fundamental problems facing contemporary metaphysics and the philosophy of mind. Anyone interested in analytic metaphysics and philosophy of mind, at graduate level and beyond, will profit from this innovative book. Matthew Tugby Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy d

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Sydney Shoemaker is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Cornell University.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Featherless Biped on August 2, 2013
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"Philosophers constantly see the method of science before their eyes and are irresistibly tempted to ask and answer questions in the way science does. This tendency is the real source of metaphysics and leads the philosopher into complete darkness." Blue Book p18 (1933)

"The decisive movement in the conjuring trick has been made, and it was the very one we thought quite innocent." Wittgenstein, PI p308

"But I did not get my picture of the world by satisfying myself of its correctness: nor do I have it because I am satisfied of its correctness. No: it is the inherited background against which I distinguish between true and false." Wittgenstein OC 94

"Now if it is not the causal connections which we are concerned with, then the activities of the mind lie open before us." Wittgenstein "The Blue Book" p6 (1933)

"The aim of philosophy is to erect a wall at the point where language stops anyway." Wittgenstein Philosophical Occasions p187

"The limit of language is shown by its being impossible to describe a fact which corresponds to (is the translation of) a sentence without simply repeating the sentence ..." Wittgenstein CV p10 (1931)

"Some of the most important logical features of intentionality are beyond the reach of phenomenology because they have no immediate phenomenological reality... Because the creation of meaningfulness out of meaninglessness is not consciously experienced...it does not exist...This is... the phenomenological illusion." Searle PNC p115-117

"...the basic intentional relation between the mind and the world has to do with conditions of satisfaction.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Melnyk on March 7, 2009
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This is an excellent book, though it's hard work to read, despite its brevity. Shoemaker has been a star in metaphysics for 40 year. He has lost nothing.
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