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The Mental and the Physical

The Mental and the Physical: The Essay and a Postscript

Copyright Date: 1967
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 192
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    The Mental and the Physical
    Book Description:

    Professor Feigl’s essay “The ‘Mental’ and the ‘Physical’” has provoked a great deal of comment, criticism, and discussion since it first appeared as a part of the content of Volume II of the Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science about ten years ago. Now Professor Feigl takes account of the critical discussions and presents his own comments with respect to the most important points raised in the criticisms. The essay itself is presented here in full, along with the postscript. The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science has called the essay “a ‘super-colossal’ survey of the mind-body problem.” In its review of the earlier book containing the essay, Thought said: “This essay deserves careful reading by every philosopher concerned with genuine philosophical dialogue.”

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-6234-0
    Subjects: General Science

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-viii)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. ix-2)
  3. The “Mental” and the “Physical”
    (pp. 3-116)

    Tough-minded scientists tend to relegate the mind-body problem to the limbo of speculative metaphysics. Perhaps after trying a bit but with questionable success to square themselves with the puzzle, they usually take one or the other of two attitudes. Either the puzzle is left to the philosophers to worry about, or else it is bluntly declared a pseudoproblem not worth pondering by anybody. Yet, the perplexities crop up again and again, often quite unexpectedly, if not in central issues of substantive scientific research, then certainly and at least in connection with the attempts to formulate adequately and consistently the problems,...

  4. Bibliography
    (pp. 117-132)
    (pp. 133-160)

    The foregoing essay was completed in February 1957, and published in the spring of 1958. During the last ten years, and especially during the last five or six years, I have received a veritable avalanche of extremely stimulating responses. Some of these are contained in books, others in essays and articles, and there have also been manuscripts, Ph.D; theses here at the University of Minnesota and elsewhere (some of them still unpublished at the moment), as well as a great many letters. I have kept, and still keep, trying to react to this “feedback” as fully as I can by...

  6. Selected New References
    (pp. 161-170)
  7. INDEX
    (pp. 171-179)