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

Zoltan Torey

Abstract

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 formulated what is sometimes called “the phenomenal concept strategy,” which holds that we possess a range of special concepts for classifying the subjective aspects of our experiences, to defend materialism. This book argues that the phenomenal concept strategy is mistaken. A rejection of phenomenal concepts leaves the materialist with the task of finding some other strategy for defending materialism. ... More

Keywords: material beings, material world, experiences, feelings, subjective states, phenomenal concept strategy, materialism, phenomenal concepts, consciousness, thought experiment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780262512848
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262512848.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Zoltan Torey, author