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Ebook | $3.99 Short | £30.95 | ISBN: 9780262318600| January 2014
 

The Ontological Problem

A BIT of Matter and Consciousness, third edition

Overview

This selection from a recently updated edition of a classic work by Paul Churchland considers such questions as the nature of mental states and processes, in what medium they take place, how they are related to the physical world, whether consciousness survives the disintegration of the physical body, and if a purely physical system such as a computer could enjoy real conscious experience. It proceeds by investigating which of the available theories of mind proves to be the most reasonable theory on the evidence and has the greatest explanatory power, predictive power, coherence, and simplicity.

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About the Author

Paul M. Churchland is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of The Engine of Reason, The Seat of the Soul; Matter and Consciousness: A Contemporary Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind (both published by the MIT Press); and other books.