Galen Strawson Mental Reality

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Mental Reality

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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.

A Bradford Book. Representation and Mind series

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Galen Strawson taught philosophy at the University of Oxford for twenty years before moving to the University of Reading in 2001. He was Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate Center from 2004-2007.

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Praise for the first edition: In Mental Reality, Galen Strawson tries to determine what the fundamental and difficult questions about the mind are, and to answer them. His answers are iconoclastic and brilliant, especially his sustained criticism of behaviorism, functionalism and of certain ideas associated with Wittgenstein.

(Paul Snowdon Philosophy and Phenomenological Research)

Praise for the first edition: Perhaps the most detailed and convincing refutation of behaviorism given yet in philosophy.

(Times Literary Supplement)

Praise for the first edition: Strawson's inquiry explores a remarkable range of hard questions with care and insight.

(Noam Chomsky Philosophy and Phenomenological Research)

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