By D.M. Armstrong

ISBN-10: 0415100313

ISBN-13: 9780415100311

Breaking new floor within the debate concerning the relation of brain and physique, David Armstrong's vintage textual content - first released in 1968 - continues to be the main compelling and finished assertion of the view that the brain is fabric or physical.
In the preface to this re-creation, the writer displays at the book's effect and considers it within the gentle of next advancements. He additionally presents a bibliography of all of the key writings to have seemed within the materialist debate.

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It is a complete experience. While immersed in it, one does not even know that it is only an experience. It would feel real. However, it would not be real. It would only be an experience of what it would be like to do something that one is not actually doing. The question about this new machine is the same as for the pleasure machine. If you were offered it, would you take it? If you had a choice between on the one hand living your life as you do now, taking your chances on the future, and on the other hand having the guarantee of whatever virtual experiIs Happiness Enough?

Not everyone, of course, is an American. And even among Americans, there are those who do not identify with this particular strain of American history and culture. However, a second consideration counts in favor of happiness, one that is related to American history but does not require aligning oneself with the view of the founding fathers. There is something democratic about focusing on happiness, especially when compared with meaning. If meaning is something objective, something out there independent of my life, it appears to be something that I must conform to—­at least if my life is to be meaningful.

That is how Camus and Aristotle and much of the religious tradition have thought of human meaning. If we are to make headway, it is precisely this way of thinking that we must abandon. We must approach the question of meaning differently. Rather than meaning being a something, it can be a someway: a meaningful life would be a life lived in certain ways rather (or more) than others. Human lives might become meaningful in the adjectival or adverbial sense rather than possessing a meaning in the nominative one.

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