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About the Author
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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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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