Controversies and the Metaphysics of Mind

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Since ancient times, metaphysical theories have been shaped by the dialectical relations between metaphysical positions. The present book offers a new account of the role of controversies in the evolution of ideas in current metaphysics of mind. Part One develops a pragmatic theory of metaphysical controversies that combines Kantian themes and themes from current argumentation theory. The theory developed in this book underscores the role of a unique type of dialectical arguments which establish metaphysical positions as controversial relevant alternatives in the evolution of chains of debates in metaphysics. In Part Two and Part Three, this theory is applied to chains of debates in present day metaphysics of mind which address the problems of consciousness and personal identity. One of the contentions defended in this book is that the intellectual history of metaphysics is not a process in which positions are replaced by opposite positions, but rather, a history of their status as relevant alternatives. The book analyzes in detail and demonstrates how progress in contemporary metaphysics of mind consists in a dialectical process through which challenges to extant positions lead to innovative alternatives that are intrinsically relevant to advancing the understanding of the issues under discussion.
[Controversies, 8]  2010.  xi, 235 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
xi–xii
Introduction
1–14
Part one. Outline of a theory of metaphysical controversies
Chapter 1. The Kantian framework
17–34
Chapter 2. The idea of controversy and metaphysics
35–58
Chapter 3. Intuitions, thought experiments, and controversies
59–78
Part two. The knowledge argument
Chapter 4. The polemical character of the knowledge arguments
81–96
Chapter 5. The antinomies of consciousness and their resolutions: Phenomenal concepts, representationalism, and two-dimensional semantics
97–124
Chapter 6. A priori knowledge and the explanatory gap
125–158
Part three. Personal identity and revisionary metaphysics
Chapter 7. Personal identity, self-consciousness, and bodily identity
161–180
Chapter 8. From transcendental arguments to revisionary metaphysics
181–196
Chapter 9. Neo-Lockeanism, reductionism, and animalism: The emergence of a new debate
197–220
Conclusion
221–224
References
225–232
Index
233–236
“This book [...] is of great interest for people involved in linguistic subfields such as pragmatics and discourse analysis, as it illustrates the vitality of argumentation theory and makes the case for more interdisciplinary work between philosophers, discourse and argumentation analysts and linguists. [...] it is orginal and promising enough to be recommended as a very stimulating lecture and as a valuable attempt to bridge the gaps between several subfields and disciplines concerned with rational discourse.”
“[...] it is nevertheless original and promising enough to be recommended as a very stimulating lecture and as a valuable attempt to bridge the gaps between several subfield and disciplines concerned with rational discourse.”
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Subjects

Consciousness Research

Consciousness research

Linguistics

Pragmatics

Philosophy

Philosophy
BIC Subject: HPJ – Philosophy: metaphysics & ontology
BISAC Subject: PHI004000 – PHILOSOPHY / Epistemology
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2010019176