Beyond Physicalism

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Unlike standard attempts to address the so-called ‘hard problem’ of consciousness, which assume our understanding of consciousness is unproblematic, this book begins by focusing on phenomenology and is devoted to clarifying the relations between intentionality, propositional content and experience. In particular, it argues that the subjectivity of experience cannot be understood in representationalist terms. This is important, for it is because many philosophers fail to come to terms with subjectivity that they are at a loss to provide a convincing solution to the mind-body problem. In this light the metaphysical problem is revealed to be a product of the misguided attempt to incorporate consciousness within an object-based schema, inspired by physicalism. A similar problem arises in the interpretation of quantum mechanics and this gives us further reason to look beyond physicalism, in matters metaphysical. Thus the virtues of absolute idealism are re-examined, as are the wider consequences of adopting its understanding of truth within the philosophy of science.
This book complements the arguments and investigations of The Presence of Mind, which it partners. (Series A)
[Advances in Consciousness Research, 21]  2000.  xvi, 306 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of Figures
1. Nonconceptual Experience
2. From a Sensational Point of View
3. The Failure of Explanatory Physicalism
4. Intelligibility and Conceptual Limits
5. Pluralistic Naturalism and Absolute Idealism
6. Defending Absolute Idealism
7. Truth and the Whole Truth
Beyond Physicalism is a book of enormous scope and ambition; it presents a refreshing new look at the metaphysical foundations of consciousness research. He succeeds in arousing his readers curiosity about his further insights into the metaphysical problem of consciousness. Hutto's book is to be highly recommended.”
“Hutto makes a unique contribution [...] The book is both ambitious and challenging [...] a valuable and challenging contribution to the field [...] the author moves through the arguments deftly [...] we owe to Daniel Hutto a debt of gratitude.”

Consciousness Research

Consciousness research


BIC Subject: JMT – States of consciousness
BISAC Subject: PSY020000 – PSYCHOLOGY / Neuropsychology
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  00022533
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