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

2015.02.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Erik C. Banks, The Realistic Empiricism of Mach, James, and Russell: Neutral Monism Reconceived, Cambridge University Press,
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2015.02.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Erik C. Banks, The Realistic Empiricism of Mach, James, and Russell: Neutral Monism Reconceived, Cambridge University Press, 2014, 217pp., $95.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781107073869. Reviewed by Emmett L. Holman, George Mason University It is the contention of Erik Banks in his new book that Ernst Mach, William James, and Bertrand Russell can, at least in their most mature phases, best be seen as representatives -- indeed, the creators -- of a single philosophical position, one that might be called 'neutral monism' and that Banks usually calls 'realistic empiricism'. Given this, Banks maintains that these three have often been misread. There are, of course differences among them. But there is a common thread that one (with sufficiently careful reading) can see running through the views of all three. This thread, if picked up and developed, can point the direction toward solving some outstanding philosophical. . .

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