Basic Structures of Reality: Essays in Meta-Physics (Hardcover)

Basic Structures of Reality: Essays in Meta-Physics Cover Image
Not On Our Shelves - Available to Order


In Basic Structures of Reality, Colin McGinn deals with questions of metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of mind from the vantage point of physics. Combining general philosophy with physics, he covers such topics as the definition of matter, the nature of space, motion, gravity,
electromagnetic fields, the character of physical knowledge, and consciousness and meaning. Throughout, McGinn maintains an historical perspective and seeks to determine how much we really know of the world described by physics. He defends a version of structuralism: the thesis that our knowledge
is partial and merely abstract, leaving a large epistemological gap at the center of physics. McGinn then connects this element of mystery to parallel mysteries in relation to the mind. Consciousness emerges as just one more mystery of physics. A theory of matter and space is developed, according to
which the impenetrability of matter is explained as the deletion of volumes of space. McGinn proposes a philosophy of science that distinguishes physics from both psychology and biology, explores the ontology of energy, and considers the relevance of physics to seemingly remote fields such as the
theory of meaning. In the form of a series of aphorisms, the author presents a metaphysical system that takes laws of nature as fundamental. With its broad scope and deep study of the fundamental questions at the heart of philosophy of physics, this book is not intended primarily for specialists,
but for the general philosophical reader interested in how physics and philosophy intersect.

About the Author

Colin McGinn is Professor of Philosophy, University of Miami. He is the author of 18 books including Ethics, Evil, and Fiction (1997), Minds and Bodies (1997), Consciousness and Its Objects (2004), The Meanings of Disgust; also Shakespeare's Philosophy, The Mysterious Flame: Conscious Minds in aMaterial World, The Making of a Philosopher, Mindsight: Image, Dream, and Meaning and others.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780199841103
ISBN-10: 0199841101
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: December 9th, 2011
Pages: 256
Language: English