By Benedikt Paul Gocke
Although physicalism has been the dominant place in fresh paintings within the philosophy of brain, this dominance has now not avoided a small yet turning out to be variety of philosophers from arguing that physicalism is untenable for numerous purposes: either ontologically and epistemologically it can't lessen mentality to the world of the actual, and its makes an attempt to lessen subjectivity to objectivity have completely failed. The participants to After Physicalism supply strong choices to the physicalist account of the human brain from a dualistic standpoint and argue that the reductive and naturalistic paradigm in philosophy has misplaced its force.
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2. See Berkeley 1965: §22–§24, §34. 3. See, for example, Husserl 1950: §47, §48, §135. 44 Uwe Meixner 4. See the first and second of Descartes’s Meditations. The in-principle possibility of the world of consciousness existing all by itself can be used as a premise for establishing substance dualism; see my neo-Cartesian argument in Meixner 2004. 5. The attempt to do so leads to absurdity, because it seeks to obtain a perspective for the acquisition of knowledge that is not a perspective for a conscious subject: the view from nowhere, as Thomas Nagel was to call this impossible perspective.
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After Physicalism by Benedikt Paul Gocke