Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-0-7425-1226-9 • Hardback • September 2001 • $128.00 • (£98.00)
Nicholas Maxwell is Emeritus Reader in Philosophy of Science at the University of London. He has written numerous books including The Comprehensibility of the Universe and From Knowledge to Wisdom.
Chapter 1 Preface
Chapter 2 The Human World/Physical Universe Problem
Chapter 3 The Human World: What Is of Value?
Chapter 4 The Physical Universe: Is It Comprehensible?
Chapter 5 Diverse Attempts at Solving the Problem
Chapter 6 The Physical and the Experiential
Chapter 7 Free Will
Chapter 8 Evolution
Chapter 9 Consciousness
Chapter 10 Civilization in the Physical Universe
Chapter 11 Appendix 1: Love, Time, Comprehensibility, and Abstract Entities
Chapter 12 Appendix 2: Contingent Identity with Rigid Designators: Refutation of Kripke
Chapter 13 Appendix 3: From Standard to Aim-Oriented Empiricism
Chapter 14 References
Chapter 15 Index
A solid work of original thinking.
— Choice Reviews
Maxwell has not only succeeded in bringing together the various different subjects that make up the human world/physical universe problem in a single volume, he has done so in a comprehensive, lucid and above all readable way.
— Trends In Cognitive Sciences
...a bald summary of this interesting and passionately·argued book does insufficient justice to the subtlety of many of the detailed arguments it contains.
— Mind: A Quarterly Review of Philosophy
The Human World in the Physical Universe provides the best entrance to Maxwell's world of thought. This book contains a succint but certainly not too-detailed overview of the various problems and positions in the currently flourishing philosophy of mind. It shows that despite the fact that many philosophers have declared Carteisan Dualism dead time and again, with some adjustments, the Cartesian view remains powerful and can compete effortlessly with other extant views.
— Studies In History and Philosophy Of Modern Physics
Ambitious and carefully-argued. . . . I strongly recommend this book. It presents a version of compatibilism that attempts to do real justice to commonsense ideas of free will, value, and meaning, and deals with many aspects of the most fundamental problems of existence.
— Journal of Consciousness Studies
The book tackles what is, perhaps, the most general, fundamental problem of understanding that there is. It puts forward a new possible solution. It insists phenomena need to be need to be explained and understood in at least two differnt ways. It gives aunified account of the existence of sentience, consciousness, free will, meaning and value in the world. It puts forward a new interpretation of Darwin's theory of evolution of consciousness and free will. It discusses the problem of how humanity can learn to become more civilized in the natural world. It is written in an informal, accessible style.