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Carving Nature at Its JointsNatural Kinds in Metaphysics and Science

Carving Nature at Its Joints: Natural Kinds in Metaphysics and Science

Joseph Keim Campbell, Michael O'Rourke, and Matthew H. Slater (eds)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262015936
eISBN:
9780262298780
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262015936.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Contemporary discussions of the success of science often invoke an ancient metaphor from Plato’s Phaedrus: successful theories should “carve nature at its joints,” but is nature really “jointed?” Are ... More

The Case for Qualia

The Case for Qualia

Edmond Wright (ed.)

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262232661
eISBN:
9780262286497
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262232661.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Many philosophers and cognitive scientists dismiss the notion of qualia, sensory experiences that are internal to the brain. Leading opponents of qualia (and of Indirect Realism, the philosophical ... More

Causing Human ActionsNew Perspectives on the Causal Theory of Action

Causing Human Actions: New Perspectives on the Causal Theory of Action

Jesús H. Aguilar and Andrei A. Buckareff (eds)

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262014564
eISBN:
9780262289139
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262014564.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The causal theory of action (CTA) is widely recognized in the literature of the philosophy of action as the “standard story” of human action and agency—the nearest approximation in the field to a ... More

Color Ontology and Color Science

Color Ontology and Color Science

Jonathan Cohen and Mohan Matthen (eds)

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262013857
eISBN:
9780262312493
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262013857.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Philosophers and scientists have long speculated about the nature of color. Atomists such as Democritus thought color to be “conventional,” not real; Galileo and other key figures of the Scientific ... More

Conceptual Analysis and Philosophical Naturalism

Conceptual Analysis and Philosophical Naturalism

David Braddon-Mitchell and Robert Nola (eds)

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262012560
eISBN:
9780262255202
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262012560.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Many philosophical naturalists eschew analysis in favor of discovering metaphysical truths from the a posteriori, contending that analysis does not lead to philosophical insight. A countercurrent to ... More

The Consciousness ParadoxConsciousness, Concepts, and Higher-Order Thoughts

The Consciousness Paradox: Consciousness, Concepts, and Higher-Order Thoughts

Rocco J. Gennaro

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262016605
eISBN:
9780262298582
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262016605.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Consciousness is arguably the most important area within contemporary philosophy of mind and perhaps the most puzzling aspect of the world. Despite an explosion of research from philosophers, ... More

Consciousness RevisitedMaterialism without Phenomenal Concepts

Consciousness Revisited: Materialism without Phenomenal Concepts

Michael Tye

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262012737
eISBN:
9780262255172
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262012737.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

We are material beings in a material world, but we are also beings who have experiences and feelings. How can these subjective states be just a matter of matter? To defend materialism, philosophical ... More

Consciousness, Attention, and Conscious Attention

Consciousness, Attention, and Conscious Attention

Carlos Montemayor and Harry Haroutioun Haladjian

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780262028974
eISBN:
9780262327497
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262028974.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

In this book, Carlos Montemayor and Harry Haladjian consider the relationship between consciousness and attention. The cognitive mechanism of attention has often been compared to consciousness, since ... More

The Crucible of ConsciousnessAn Integrated Theory of Mind and Brain

The Crucible of Consciousness: An Integrated Theory of Mind and Brain

Zoltan Torey

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262512848
eISBN:
9780262255189
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262512848.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

We are material beings in a material world, but we are also beings who have experiences and feelings. How can these subjective states be just a matter of matter? Philosophical materialists have ... More

Dialogues with DavidsonActing, Interpreting, Understanding

Dialogues with Davidson: Acting, Interpreting, Understanding

Jeff Malpas (ed.)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262015561
eISBN:
9780262295796
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262015561.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

The work of the philosopher Donald Davidson is not only wide ranging in its influence and vision, but also in the breadth of issues that it encompasses. Davidson’s work includes seminal contributions ... More

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