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Phenomenalism, or neutral monism, in Mach’s analysis of sensations?

Preston, J. (2021) Phenomenalism, or neutral monism, in Mach’s analysis of sensations? In: Preston, J. (ed.) Interpreting Ernst Mach: Critical Essays. Interpreting. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9781108474016

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I set out the factors which tempt people into reading Ernst Mach's book The Analysis of Sensations as putting forward either a version of phenomenalism or a version of neutral monism, and then assess the strengths and weaknesses of these two readings. I present an ‘internal’ view of that text, showing that it by no means mandates the phenomenalist reading, and that a case for something more like the neutral monist reading can be made from within that book, indeed largely from within its famous first chapter.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Humanities > Philosophy
ID Code:90946
Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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