Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Matter and Mind

A Philosophical Inquiry

Authors: Bunge, Mario

  • It offers a clear presentation of the current scientific views on matter and on mind, as well as their relevance to philosophy.
  • It embeds the problems of matter and mind in a broad philosophical context.
  • It adopts an inclusive materialist philosophy that avoids naturalist reductionism and makes room for spirituality and free will.
  • It extols the role of philosophy in scientific research.
  • It is clearly written, with plenty of examples, and mention of historical roots
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This book discusses two of the oldest and hardest problems in both science and philosophy: What is matter?, and What is mind? A reason for tackling both problems in a single book is that two of the most influential views in modern philosophy are that the universe is mental (idealism), and that the everything real is material (materialism). Most of the thinkers who espouse a materialist view of mind have obsolete ideas about matter, whereas those who claim that science supports idealism have not explained how the universe could have existed before humans emerged. Besides, both groups tend to ignore the other levels of existence—chemical, biological, social, and technological. If such levels and the concomitant emergence processes are ignored, the physicalism/spiritualism dilemma remains unsolved, whereas if they are included, the alleged mysteries are shown to be problems that science is treating successfully.

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“Bunge provides a masterful survey of key ideas in physics and conceptions of matter including theories of relativity, quantum physics and thermodynamics, inter alia. Every page is an encyclopaedic survey of concepts, theories and their history and, therefore, the book defies easy summary. … Bunge’s belligerent, take-no-hostage style is a welcome change from the usual passionless treatises on these subjects. Bunge’s no-nonsense approach is to be commended … . the book is precisely because it engages deeply with most interesting intellectual issues.”­­­ (Peter Slezak, Science & Education, November, 2011)

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eBook $209.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $269.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-3296-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Matter and Mind
Book Subtitle
A Philosophical Inquiry
Authors
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
287
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-9225-0
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-9225-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-9224-3
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3296-4
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 322
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