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Author Banks, Erik C., author

Title The realistic empiricism of Mach, James and Russell : neutral monism reconceived / Erik C. Banks (Wright State University)
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 217 pages) : digital, PDF file(s)
Contents An overview of realistic empiricism -- Mach: physical elements -- Mach's philosophy of mind -- William James╩╣ direct realism: a reconstruction -- Russell╩╣s neutral monism: 1919-1927 -- Enhanced physicalism -- The problem of extension: a constructivist program -- An outline of realistic empiricism
Summary In the early twentieth century, Ernst Mach, William James, and Bertrand Russell founded a philosophical and scientific movement known as 'neutral monism', based on the view that minds and physical objects are constructed out of elements or events which are neither mental nor physical, but neutral between the two. This movement offers a unified scientific outlook which includes sensations in human experience and events in the world of physics under one roof. In this book Erik C. Banks discusses this important movement as a whole for the first time. He explores the ways in which the three philosophers can be connected, and applies their ideas to contemporary problems in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of science - in particular the relation of sensations to brain processes, and the problem of constructing extended bodies in space and time from particular events and causal relations
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Subject Mach, Ernst, 1838-1916
James, William, 1842-1910
Russell, Bertrand, 1872-1970
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781139694940 (ebook)
Other Titles The Realistic Empiricism of Mach, James, & Russell