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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199556199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199556199
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #844,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert C. Koons is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas, Austin. Koons studied at Michigan State, Oxford, and UCLA. He is the author of Paradoxes of Belief and Strategic Rationality (Cambridge, 1993), and Realism Regained (OUP, 2000). George Bealer is Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. He is the author of Quality and Concept (OUP, 1982).

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40 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Bradley Metzner on February 17, 2011
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Materialism is a metaphysical position, not an empirical deduction, so (like any metaphysical position) its truth or falsehood is something that can be determined only through the application of logic. This collection is a remarkably exhaustive assault on the logical implausibilities of all the different forms of materialism, and it would be hard to think of a better volume on the topic. It would also be difficult for any impartial and intelligent reader to come away from this volume without realizing that, at the purely logical level, materialism is among the more incredible metaphysical propositions ever advanced. It would have been nice if there had been more essays on the issues of ontology, in the classical sense, but that may be a lot to ask from a volume emerging from the Anglo-American tradition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reader on August 24, 2014
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Originally published in 2010 `The Waning of Materialism' is a collection of approximately two dozen original essays critically examining materialist theories of mind. Edited by Koons and Bealer the text contains essays from notable philosophers such as Bonjour, Hasker and Burge.

Arguably the leading problem in the philosophy of mind and the cognitive sciences is the so-called mind-body problem. That is, how do mental phenomena such as intentions and beliefs hook up to physical phenomena such as bodies and brains? Responses to this question have traditionally been framed in terms of monism or dualism. Monism - the claim that reality is composed of one substance and, dualism - the claim that it is composed of two substances. These views in turn are further divided. Monism into physicalism/materialism (the fundamental substance is physical), idealism (the fundamental substance is mental) and neutral monism (the physical and mental reduce to some more fundamental substance); while dualism is bifurcated into substance dualism (the mental and the physical are distinct and irreducible substances) and property dualism (the mental and physical are different qualities of one underlying substance - normally the physical). Physicalist/materialist theories of the mind can be further sub-divided into the reductive (e.g. identity theory) and non-reductive (e.g. emergence theories). The essays in this collection are grouped in four areas (the on-line table of contents is not available at the time of writing):

1. Argument from consciousness
2. Arguments from unity and identity
3. Arguments from intentionality, mental causation and knowledge
4. Alternatives to Materialism

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