Reality

ISBN-10: 0199594414
ISBN-13: 9780199594412
Edition: 2011
Authors: Jan Westerhoff
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Description: 'What is real?' has been one of the key questions of philosophy since its beginning in antiquity. It is a question that, due to such films as The Matrix, has also made its way into popular culture. But it is not just a question philosophers ask. It  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/24/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.242

'What is real?' has been one of the key questions of philosophy since its beginning in antiquity. It is a question that, due to such films as The Matrix, has also made its way into popular culture. But it is not just a question philosophers ask. It is also asked by scientists when they investigate whether the fundamental constituents of matter are actually 'out there' or just a mere abstraction from a successful theory. Cognitive scientists ask it when trying to find outwhich set of the bewildering array of data processed by our brain could constitute the basis for such supposedly fundamental entities like the free agent or the self.This Very Short Introduction discusses what reality is by looking at a variety of arguments, theories and thought-experiments from philosophy, physics, and cognitive science.

List of illustrations
Introduction
Dreams and simulations
Is matter real?
Are persons real?
Is time real?
Concluding remarks
References and further reading
Index

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