Basic Structures of Reality: Essays in Meta-Physics

By Colin McGinn

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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 meanin In Basic Structures of Reality, Colin McGinn deals with questions of metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of mind

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Book details

Hardcover, 243 pages
December 1st 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA

(first published November 11th 2011)

ISBN
0199841101 (ISBN13: 9780199841103)
Edition Language
English

Community Reviews

Kevin



Super good read. McGinn is accessible and writes in a playful, but methodical style. Really, this feels more like a series of open-ended meditations on physics than a definitive treatise. It would also seem his target is not so much physicists themselves, but cocky positivist-leaning philosophers. Because of this, his "mysterian" position is more reactive and negative, and readers might be a little unsatisfied by the comparable lack of a positive account. But regardless of whether you like his destination (or lack thereof), it's a brilliant journey!

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