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analysis

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy.

The process of breaking a concept down into more simple parts, so that its logical structure is displayed. At its most elementary this may be revealed by a dictionary definition (‘to be a...

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biological naturalism

Overview page. Subjects: Psychology — Philosophy.

The view that mental phenomena such as consciousness and intentionality are natural biological phenomena on a par with growth, digestion, or photosynthesis. Biological naturalism is defined...

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British philosophy today

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Most (although not all) of the philosophy practised in Britain today is firmly within the tradition of analytic philosophy, a tradition shared with North America, South Africa, and...

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central-state materialism

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy.

The philosophy of mind that identifies mental events with physical events occurring in the brain and central nervous system. It is thus a form of physicalism. The two forms most commonly...

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colour

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy — Psychology.

Colour is the most prominent example of a secondary quality (see primary/secondary qualities). Philosophical opinion has always been divided over whether to allocate colour (and smell,...

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consciousness

Overview page. Subjects: Psychology — Philosophy.

The state of being conscious (1, 2); the normal mental condition of the waking state of humans, characterized by the experience of perceptions, thoughts, feelings, awareness of the external...

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David Chalmers

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy.

(1966– ).

In his book The Conscious Mind (1996), David Chalmers has written probably the lengthiest and certainly the most sophisticated defence of the possibility of zombies and...

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eliminativism

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy.

The view that the terms in which we think of some area are sufficiently infected with error for it to be better to abandon them than to continue to try to give coherent theories of their...

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emergence

Overview page. Subjects: Psychology.

Within philosophy and the sciences the term ‘emergence’ is used in such a variety of bewildering and heterogeneous ways that it seems the word itself is the only thing shared ...

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emergent properties

Overview page. Subjects: Genetics and Genomics.

In a hierarchical system, properties that are manifest at higher levels because they are formed by measures or processes involving aggregations of lower-level units. For example, in an...

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