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    Holism in Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Physics

    ISBN-10: 0792370031
    ISBN-13: 9780792370031
    Author(s): Michael Esfeld
    Description: The topic of this book is a comparison between holism in the philosophy and language and social holism on the one hand and holism about space-time and quantum systems on the other hand. The main claim is that holism in the humanities and holism in  More...
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    Publisher: Springer
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 37356274
    Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long
    Weight: 1.628
    Language: English

    The topic of this book is a comparison between holism in the philosophy and language and social holism on the one hand and holism about space-time and quantum systems on the other hand. The main claim is that holism in the humanities and holism in fundamental physics come under the same substantial, general conception of holism. That is to say: arguments to the effect that the holism of the mental is unscientific or that the mental is separated from the physical owing to holism are not sound. The holism of the mental fits into a world-view that bases itself on scientific realism. The addressees of this book are all those who care about our view of the world and ourselves in the spirit of an argumentative examination of different positions. No familiarity with physics is presupposed.

    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    What is Holism? Proposal for a General Conception
    Requirements for a General Conception of Holism
    Proposal for a General Conception of Holism
    Step 1: Generic Ontological Dependence
    Step 2: Properties that make Something a Constituent Part
    Result: Proposal for a General Conception of Holism
    Is the Proposed Conception Substantial?
    Two Types of Holism
    Arguments for Holism About Beliefs
    The Argument from Confirmation
    The Duhem--Quine Thesis
    From Confirmation Holism to Semantic Holism
    Is Quine's Argument for Holism Convincing?
    The Argument from Interpretation
    The Argument from Inferential Role
    Tasks for an Inferential Role Semantics
    Inferential Role and Shared Beliefs
    Inferential Role as Social Role
    Meaning through Use in a Community
    Inferential Role in a Public Language
    Inferential Semantics based on Normative Pragmatics
    From Social Holism to Holism About Beliefs
    The Problem of Rule-Following
    What is the Problem of Rule-Following?
    Rule-Following as Motivation for Social Holism
    Social Holism
    Meaning through Social Practices: The Argument for Social Holism
    Objections to the Argument for Social Holism
    Social Practices in terms of I--Thou Relations
    An Argument for Social Holism and Holism about Beliefs
    Holism as Revision of the Cartesian Tradition
    What is the Cartesian Tradition in Philosophy of Mind?
    Direct Realism versus Representational Realism
    Holism and Externalism
    Social Externalism
    Externalism about Singular Beliefs
    Externalism about Natural Kind Concepts
    Holism and the Relation Between Mind and World
    From Inference to Representation
    Holism and Realism
    Open-ended I--Thou Relations
    Rule-Following and Response-Dependence
    A Pragmatic Realism
    Social Practices in a Physical Environment
    A Comprehensive Holism?
    A Pragmatic Conception of Rationality
    Holism and the Metaphysics of Mind
    Holism and Anti-Reductionism
    What is the Resulting View of Ourselves?
    Overview of Holism in Philosophy of Mind
    Cartesianism in Physics and Holism About Space or Space-Time
    A Basis for Holism in Descartes' Philosophy of Physics
    Spinoza's Theory of Extension
    Holism about Matter as Holism about Space
    Holism about Space and the Conception of Motion
    Holism about Space and the Philosophy of General Relativity
    Holism about Matter as Holism about Space-Time
    Proposed Philosophical Consequences of Relativity Physics
    The Basis for Holism in Quantum Physics
    New Conceptual Features of Quantum Theory
    Observables and States
    Incompatible Observables
    Entangled States
    The Case of Einstein, Podolsky and Rosen
    The Principles of Separability and Local Action
    Einstein's Argument for the Incompleteness of Quantum Theory
    Bell's Theorem and the Philosophical Implications
    Bell's Theorem and the Bell Experiments
    Non-Locality and the Bell Experiments
    "Experimental Metaphysics"
    The Meaning of Quantum Holism
    Commitments in the Interpretation of Quantum Theory
    An Ontological Interpretation without Hidden Variables
    A Minimal Requirement for an Ontological Interpretation
    Entanglement at the Microphysical Level of Nature
    The Failure of Supervenience and Separability
    Non-Supervenient Relations
    Non-Supervenient Properties of the Whole
    Non-Separability
    Proposal for a Characterization of Quantum Holism
    No Separate Properties
    Matter as a Holistic System at the Quantum Level
    Are Quantum Systems Individuals?
    A Brief Glimpse at Quantum Field Theory
    The Revision of the Cartesian Tradition in Physics
    The Extension of Quantum Holism and the Philosophy of Mind
    The Measurement Problem
    Is Quantum Holism Universal?
    The Many Minds Interpretation
    The Option for Universal Quantum Holism
    Universal Quantum Holism and Cartesian Epistemology
    Complementarity of Mind and Matter?
    Limited Quantum Holism
    Limited Quantum Holism and the Measurement Problem
    Limited Quantum Holism and Reductionism
    A Plea for Caution
    The Mutual Enrichment of Quantum Holism and Holism in Philosophy of Mind
    A Common Conceptual Content
    Holism, Indeterminacy and Eliminativism
    Holism and Supervenience
    Holism and a New Sort of Realism
    References
    Index of Names
    Index of Subjects

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