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References and further reading

  • Armstrong, D.M. (1968) A Materialist Theory of the Mind, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

    (Thorough analysis of mind and mental states in terms of central state physicalism.)

  • Büchner, L. (1855) Kraft und Stoff, Frankfurt: Meidinger; trans. J.F. Collingwood as Force and Matter, London: Trübner, 1864.

    (Popular compendium of the bases of materialism; philosophically unsophisticated, but interesting.)

  • Cabinis, J. (1802) Rapports du physique et du morale de l’homme (The relationship between the physical and moral aspects of man), Paris.

    (Cabinis is considered one of the earliest contributors to the science of psychophysics.)

  • Dennett, D.C. (1978) Brainstorms: Philosophical Essays in Mind and Psychology, London: Bradford Books.

    (Solid treatment of mind conceived of as an information-processing system.)

  • Feigl, H. (1958) ‘The “Mental” and the “Physical”’, in Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science, vol. 2, Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

    (Classic statement of physicalism.)

  • Gassendi, P. (1658) Syntagma Philosophicum Epicurus, The Hague.

    (Exposition and defence of Epicurus’ philosophy, criticizing points that conflict with Catholic teachings.)

  • Hobbes, T. (1989) Metaphysical Writings of Thomas Hobbes, ed. M.W. Calkins, La Salle: Open Court.

    (Includes Hobbes’ views on materialism.)

  • Holbach, P.H.D. de (1770) Système de la nature, Amsterdam; trans. H.D. Robinson as The System of Nature, Boston, MA, 1868.

    (Excellent presentation of naturalistic materialism which includes interesting criticisms of freedom of the will.)

  • La Mettrie, J.O. de (1748) L’Homme Machine, Leyden: Elie Luzac Fils; trans as Man a Machine, La Salle, IL: Open Court, 1912.

    (A physician, La Mettrie presented one of the earliest theories of the physiological bases of a variety of psychic states or a strong version of physiological determinism.)

  • Lange, F.A. (1865) Geschichte des Materialismus, Iserlohn: J. Baedeker; trans. E.C. Thomas as The History of Materialism, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1925.

    (Thorough, detailed and insightful tracing of the development of materialism up to the 1870s, vitalized by Lange’s penetrating insights and valuable commentary.)

  • Lucretius (1st century) De rerum natura; trans. W.H.D. Rouse, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press 1975.

    (Powerful philosophic poem which presents the philosophy of Epicurus in a generally accurate and appealing way.)

  • Moleschott, J. (1852) Der Kreislauf des Lebens (The Cycle of Life), Mainz.

    (Study of the circular processes of life in nature with interesting observations on the relativity of perception among nonhuman beings and its application to human knowledge.)

  • Paulsen, F. (1892) Einleitung in die Philosophie, Berlin; trans. F. Thilly as Introduction to Philosophy, New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1895.

    (Lucid presentation of materialism as of the late nineteenth century, with Kantian-like critiques of its central claims.)

  • Smart, J.J.C. (1963) Philosophy and Scientific Realism, London: Routledge.

    (Clear, well-argued defence of a realist interpretation of the scientific world-picture primarily based on physics.)

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Stack, George J.. Bibliography. Materialism, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DC098-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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