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The Realistic Empiricism of Mach, James, and Russell
Neutral Monism Reconceived

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  • Date Published: September 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107423763

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  • 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.

    • Identifies an important movement in twentieth-century philosophy, and will appeal to historians of ideas and those interested in the history of twentieth-century philosophy
    • Considers the three greatest thinkers in the neutral monist movement as a whole for the first time
    • Offers a new way of thinking about the relation between sensation and the brain and new directions in philosophy of science, in particular the philosophy of space and time
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    • Date Published: September 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107423763
    • length: 226 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • contains: 17 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction. An overview of realistic empiricism
    1. Mach: physical elements
    2. Mach: philosophy of psychology
    3. William James' direct realism: a reconstruction
    4. Russell's neutral monism:
    1919–27
    5. Enhanced physicalism
    6. The problem of extension: a constructivist program
    Appendix. An outline of realistic empiricism.

  • Author

    Erik C. Banks, Wright State University, Ohio
    Erik C. Banks is Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at Wright State University, Ohio. He is also the author of Ernst Mach's World Elements (2003).

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