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Re-Emergence: Locating Conscious Properties in a Material World

Gerald Vision


The presence of sentience in a basically material reality is among the mysteries of existence. Many philosophers of mind argue that conscious states and properties are nothing beyond the matter that brings them about. Finding these arguments less than satisfactory, this book offers a nonphysicalist theory of mind. Revisiting and defending a key doctrine of the once widely accepted school of philosophy known as emergentism, it proposes that conscious states are emergents, but they depend for their existence on their material bases. Although many previous emergentist theories have been decisivel ... More

Keywords: sentience, material reality, mysteries of existence, philosophers of mind, conscious states, emergentism, emergents, emergentist theories, conscious properties, unthinking matter

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262015844
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015844.001.0001


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Gerald Vision, author

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