Controversies and the Metaphysics of Mind
Yaron M. Senderowicz | Tel Aviv University
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
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Part one. Outline of a theory of metaphysical controversies
Chapter 1. The Kantian framework | pp. 17–34
Chapter 2. The idea of controversy and metaphysics | pp. 35–58
Chapter 3. Intuitions, thought experiments, and controversies | pp. 59–78
Part two. The knowledge argument
Chapter 4. The polemical character of the knowledge arguments | pp. 81–96
Chapter 5. The antinomies of consciousness and their resolutions: Phenomenal concepts, representationalism, and two-dimensional semantics | pp. 97–124
Chapter 6. A priori knowledge and the explanatory gap | pp. 125–158
Part three. Personal identity and revisionary metaphysics
Chapter 7. Personal identity, self-consciousness, and bodily identity | pp. 161–180
Chapter 8. From transcendental arguments to revisionary metaphysics | pp. 181–196
Chapter 9. Neo-Lockeanism, reductionism, and animalism: The emergence of a new debate | pp. 197–220
Conclusion | pp. 221–224
Index | pp. 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.”
Pierre-Yves Modicom, Université Paris IV
“[...] 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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BIC Subject: HPJ – Philosophy: metaphysics & ontology
BISAC Subject: PHI004000 – PHILOSOPHY / Epistemology