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Moser, Paul K. and  Trout, J. D. eds. 1995. Contemporary Materialism. A Reader. London, Routledge. Inhaltsverzeichnis online unter http://www.amazon.com/Contemporary-Materialism-Paul-K-Moser/dp/0415108640/

Publication Date: June 15, 1995 | ISBN-10: 0415108640 | ISBN-13: 978-0415108645 | Edition: 1st Published 1995 Contemporary Materialism brings together the best recent work on materialism from many of our leading contemporary philosophers. This is the first comprehensive reader on the subject. The majority of philosophers and scientists today hold the view that all phenomena are physical, as a result materialism or 'physicalism' is now the dominant ontology in a wide range of fields. Surprisingly no single book, until now, has collected the key investigations into materialism, to reflect the impact it has had on current thinking in metaphysics, philosophy of mind and the theory of value. The classic papers in this collection chart contemporary problems, positions and themes in materialism.
At the inivitation of the editors, many of the papers have been specially up-dated for this collection: follow-on pieces written by the contributors enable them to appraise the original paper and assess developments since the work was first published. The book's selections are largley non-technical and accessible to advanced undergraduates. The editors have provided a useful general introduction, outlining and contextualising this central system of thought, as well as a topical bilbliography. Contemporary Materialism will be vital reading for anyone concerned to discover the ideas underlying contemporary philosophy.

Part I Materialism and Naturalism

Armstrong, David Malet 1978. Naturalism, Materialism and First Philosophy. Philosophia 8: 261-276.

Fodor, Jerry 1974. Special Sciences (Or: The Disunity of Science as a Working Hypothesis). Synthese 28(2): 97-115.       

Crane, Tim /  Mellor, D. H. 1990. There is No Question of Physicalism. Mind 99: 185-206.


Part II Materialism and Mind


Smart, J.J.C. 1959S. Sensations and Brain Processes. Philosophical Review 68: 141-156. Reprinted in Moser, P. / Trout, J. (eds.) 1995;  Metzinger, T. (ed.) 2007;.

Davidson, Donald 1970. Mental Events (Deutsche Version 1985). In. Foster, Lawrence / Swanson, J. W. (eds.). Experience and Theory. London, Duckworth: 79-101.

Putnam, Hilary 1975. Philosophy and our Mental Life. In. Putnam, Hilary. Mind, Language and Reality (Philosophical Papers Vol. 2). Cambridge, Cambridge University Press: 291-303.

Kim, Jaegwon 1989. The Myth of Nonreductive Materialism. Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 63(3): 31-47. Reprintet in Moser, P. / Trout, J. (eds.) 1995.; Metzinger, T. 2007 deutsche Version.

Churchland, Paul 1981. Eliminative Materialism and the Propositional Attitudes. The Journal of Philosophy 78: 67-90.

Jackson, Frank 1986. What Mary Didn’t Know. The Journal of Philosophy 83(291-295).


Part III Materialism and Meaning


Quine, Willard Van Orman 1981.. Things and their Place in Theories. In. Quine, Willard Van Orman. Theories and Things. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press : 1-23.

Friedman, Michael 1975. Physicalism and the Indeterminacy of Translation. Nous 9(4): 353-374.

Putnam, Hilary 1983. Why There Isn't a Ready-made World. In. Putnam, Hilary. Realism and Reason: Philosophical Papers. Volume 3. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press: 205-228.

Dennett, Daniel 1987. Evolution, Error, and Intentionality. In. Dennett, Daniel. The Intentional Stance. Cambridge, MA, MIT Press: 287-321. Reprinted in Moser, P. 1995.


Part IV: Materialism and Value

Williams, Bernard 1984. The Scientific and the Ethical. In. Brown, Stuart C. (ed.). Objectivity and Cultural Divergence (Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements). Cambridge, Cambridge University Press: 209-228.

Boyd, Richard 1989. How to be a Moral Realist. In. Sayre-MacCord, Geoffrey (ed.). Essays on Moral Realism. Ithaca, NY, Cornell University Press: 181-228.

Blackburn, Simon 1988. How to be an Ethical Antirealist. Midwest Studies in Philosophy XII: 361-371.



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