Controversies and the Metaphysics of Mind

ORCID logoYaron M. Senderowicz | Tel Aviv University
ISBN 9789027218889 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027287915 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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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.
Publishing status: Available
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“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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Cited by 3 other publications

Fritz, Gerd
2018. Chapter 1. The pragmatic organization of controversies. In Historical Pragmatics of Controversies [Controversies, 14],  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Senderowicz, Yaron
2014. The Exclusion Argument. In Perspectives on Theory of Controversies and the Ethics of Communication [Logic, Argumentation & Reasoning, 2],  pp. 19 ff. DOI logo
Senderowicz, Yaron M.
2020. Chapter 9. Husserl’s phenomenology of inner time-consciousness and enactivism. In Controversies and Interdisciplinarity [Controversies, 16],  pp. 177 ff. DOI logo

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Main BIC Subject

HPJ: Philosophy: metaphysics & ontology

Main BISAC Subject

PHI004000: PHILOSOPHY / Epistemology
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