Mental Reality

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MIT Press, 1994 - Psychology - 337 pages
"A careful, sensitive and imaginative treatment of some of the main conceptual questions that condition any approach to the nature of mind."
-- Colin McGinn, "Nature" What is distinctive of the mental? In "Mental Reality," Galen Strawson argues that the answer is not intelligence, representational content, or intentionality broadly understood, but conscious experience. Strawson challenges neobehaviorist accounts of the mental. He argues that much contemporary philosophy of mind is still confused by positivism and its various offspring. It gives undue primacy of place to nonmental phenomena, publicly observable phenomena, and behavioral phenomena in its account of the nature of mind. Strawson describes an alternative position, naturalized Cartesianism, that couples the materialist view that mind is entirely natural and wholly physical with respect for the idea that the only distinctively mental phenomena are those of conscious experience.

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Contents

Introduction
1
Three Questions
23
Agnostic Materialism Part 1
43
Agnostic Materialism Part 2
81
Men tal ism Idealism and Immaterial is in
107
Mental
145
Natural Intentionality
177
Pain and Pain
215
The Weather Watchers
251
Behavior
291
The Concept of Mind
317
References
325
Index
331
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About the author (1994)

Galen Strawson is professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. His many books include "Freedom and Belief" and "Selves: An Essay in Revisionary Metaphysics.

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