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Consciousness and Physicalism: A Defense of a Research Program

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2018.10.27 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Andreas Elpidorou and Guy Dove, Consciousness and Physicalism: A Defense of a Research Program, Routledge, 2018, 225pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138928053. Reviewed by Andrew Melnyk, University of Missouri After an introductory chapter, the book falls into two roughly equal parts. In the first (chapters 2-4), Andreas Elpidorou and Guy Dove argue that physicalism should be viewed as a research program, rather than as a comprehensive thesis about what the world is like. In the second part ( chapters 5-7), they ask whether phenomenal consciousness will pose an insuperable obstacle for this research program, and they conclude with the optimistic view that it will not. The book is therefore an unorthodox defense of physicalism about phenomenal consciousness. The view defended deserves the airing it gets in this book; but I suspect that it will strike orthodox physicalists as thin gruel, and orthodox. . .

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