I have been intrigued by the so called mind body problem for many years and have read a number of the philosophers cited in this book. I expressed this interest to an acquaintence, an experimental psychologist, who wondered why I would find such a topic interesting. ("Why would you want to know that"?). Maybe I will eventually get over it.
This is a very difficult topic and there is no easy way to come to grips with it. Every solution has its problems, even the various forms of physicalism, which seems to be as close to a majority opinion that we now have. This book provides clear statements regarding the major philosophical approaches to the Mind Body problem, as well as major objections. Because of this, and its short length, the book is densely packed. The author also presents his own perspective, a form of functionalism.
Philosophers who work in this area spend a lot of time and effort focused on the Mind side of the problem. What is the Mind? Is it identical with or different from the brain? Can qualia be explained by the firing of neurons? Etc. They spend much less time on the physical side of the equation. What is matter? Do models in physics represent real things or are they just good predictive tools? I have come to believe that there is just as much ambiguity regarding the nature of matter as there is in the nature of mind. With all of this ambiguity and uncertaity, perhaps we are not ready to grapple effectively with the Mind Body problem. Maybe when our science grows and unifies, and our philosophy matures, a generally acceptable answer or answers will emerge.
In the mean time, for hard cases like myself, this is a good aid for reviewing what others have done and pointing the way to what appears to be an endless struggle.
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- 出版社: Routledge; 1 (2014年12月18日)
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