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Matter and Mind

A Philosophical Inquiry


Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 287)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Matter

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mario Bunge
      Pages 3-22
    3. Mario Bunge
      Pages 23-40
    4. Mario Bunge
      Pages 41-59
    5. Mario Bunge
      Pages 73-92
    6. Mario Bunge
      Pages 93-119
    7. Mario Bunge
      Pages 121-140
  3. Mind

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Mario Bunge
      Pages 143-157
    3. Mario Bunge
      Pages 159-180
    4. Mario Bunge
      Pages 181-199
    5. Mario Bunge
      Pages 201-225
    6. Mario Bunge
      Pages 239-264
  4. Appendices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 265-265
    2. Mario Bunge
      Pages 267-275
    3. Mario Bunge
      Pages 277-285
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 287-319

About this book


This book discusses two of the oldest and hardest problems in both science and philosophy: What is matter?, and What is mind? A reason for tackling both problems in a single book is that two of the most influential views in modern philosophy are that the universe is mental (idealism), and that the everything real is material (materialism). Most of the thinkers who espouse a materialist view of mind have obsolete ideas about matter, whereas those who claim that science supports idealism have not explained how the universe could have existed before humans emerged. Besides, both groups tend to ignore the other levels of existence—chemical, biological, social, and technological. If such levels and the concomitant emergence processes are ignored, the physicalism/spiritualism dilemma remains unsolved, whereas if they are included, the alleged mysteries are shown to be problems that science is treating successfully.


emergence knowledge materialism matter mind realism reason science truth

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., Dept. of PhilosophyMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Matter and Mind
  • Book Subtitle A Philosophical Inquiry
  • Authors Mario Bunge
  • Series Title Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science
  • Series Abbreviated Title Boston Stud.Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-481-9224-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-3296-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-90-481-9225-0
  • Series ISSN 0068-0346
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 322
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
    Philosophy of Mind
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


From the reviews:

“Bunge provides a masterful survey of key ideas in physics and conceptions of matter including theories of relativity, quantum physics and thermodynamics, inter alia. Every page is an encyclopaedic survey of concepts, theories and their history and, therefore, the book defies easy summary. … Bunge’s belligerent, take-no-hostage style is a welcome change from the usual passionless treatises on these subjects. Bunge’s no-nonsense approach is to be commended … . the book is precisely because it engages deeply with most interesting intellectual issues.”­­­ (Peter Slezak, Science & Education, November, 2011)