What-it’s-like-ness

Hilary Putnam

  • Mental Reality by Galen Strawson
    MIT, 337 pp, £24.95, January 1995, ISBN 0 262 19352 3

Every so often one encounters a book with which one disagrees, wholly or in large part, but which one regards as a genuine contribution to philosophy precisely because it sets out views with which one disagrees, and does so with exemplary clarity and sophistication. For me, Galen Strawson’s Mental Reality is such a book, and any contemporary course of lectures on the philosophy of mind would be well advised to discuss it: the issues it deals with are important ones, and what Strawson has to say about them is original.

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