Questioning Nineteenth-Century Assumptions about Knowledge, III


Edited by Richard E. Lee
Foreword by Immanuel Wallerstein

Subjects: Social Thought, Philosophy, Social Philosophy
Series: SUNY series, Fernand Braudel Center Studies in Historical Social Science
Paperback : 9781438434087, 204 pages, November 2010
Hardcover : 9781438434070, 204 pages, November 2010

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Table of contents

Immanuel Wallerstein
Richard E. Lee
SESSION I. Why Dualism (and Materialism) Fail to Account for Consciousness
John R. Searle
SESSION II. After Dualism
Andrew Pickering
SESSION III. The Imperfect Observer: Mind, Machines, and Materialism in the Twenty-First Century
Judith Donath
SESSION IV. Organizers’ Opening Remarks Jean-Pierre Dupuy: Preserving Distinctions, Complexifying Relationships
Immanuel Wallerstein

A provocative survey of interdisciplinary challenges to the concept of dualism.


During the last few decades, the fundamental premises of the modern view of knowledge have been increasingly called into question. Questioning Nineteenth-Century Assumptions about Knowledge III: Dualism provides an in-depth look at the debates surrounding the status of "dualism" in the sciences, social sciences, and the humanities in detailed and wide-ranging discussions among experts from across the disciplines. The extent to which the questionable necessity of a transcendent nomos; individualistic approaches versus systems ontology; rationality—material and formal—and how scholars might overcome the two cultures divide might impinge on the possibility, but not the inevitability, of progress are among the issues explored here. Weaving together in-depth articles and invigorating follow up discussions, this volume showcases debates over the status and validity of dualism. Of special interest are developing alternatives to traditional dualistic categories through an innovative, new approach based on biological naturalism; challenges to the dualism of people and things; the imperfectness and subjectivity of perception; and the overcoming the dualism of philosophy and science.