Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

Participants

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p. vii

Illustrations

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p. ix

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Foreword

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pp. xi-xii

This volume is one of three in a series devoted to the theme: “Questioning Nineteenth-Century Assumptions about Know ledge.” The project was organized by Jean-Pierre Dupuy (a philosopher of science affiliated...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-4

Following the 2004 and 2005 meetings held at Stanford University and in Paris, dealing with “determinism” and “reductionism” respectively, the third of the three symposia on “Questioning Nineteenth-Century Assumptions about Knowledge” underwritten by the Gulbenkian foundation was...

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SESSION I. Why Dualism (and Materialism) Fail to Account for Consciousness

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pp. 5-48

I interpret the statement of purpose by the organizers as implying that a primary aim of this series of meetings is to critically examine, and possibly overcome, a set of traditional philosophical categories. We were all brought up on these categories, but many of them appear to be obsolete...

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SESSION II. After Dualism

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pp. 49-103

I’m honored by the invitation to write a paper for discussion at this conference. I don’t present a measured review of the literature on dualism and challenges to dualism; what follows are basically my own thoughts from my...

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SESSION III. The Imperfect Observer: Mind, Machines, and Materialism in the Twenty-first Century

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pp. 105-152

I was asked to write this paper on dualism from the perspective of the “natural sciences.” Most contemporary scientists are physicalists, believing that the universe is entirely physical, and it is from this perspective that I am...

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SESSION IV. Organizers’ Opening Remarks

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pp. 153-179

I would like to start with two lovely Jewish stories which illustrate much better than any arid philosophical analysis some of the points that we have made. Even though both of these stories seem to conclude with a message of renunciation, the friends who related them to me can in no case....

Index

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pp. 181-192