| PROF. TED HONDERICH WEBSITE
These are a philosopher's pages. Writings by him are in them, many on consciousness and mind in philosophy and science, many on right and wrong in politics, some on terrorisms including state terrorism, some on other philosophers and relations with them. There are papers on determinism, freedom, and responsibility by others as well as him. For the full list of contents for the website, go to the index.
Also, in the following pages, two new books are announced.
One commitment in all this is to mainstream or mainline philosophy, which is not ownership of but a greater concentration than that of science on the logic of ordinary intelligence -- (i) clarity, usually analysis, (ii) consistency and validity, (iii) completeness, (iv) generalness. In short, thinking about facts rather than getting to them? Another commitment of these pages, about what is right, is to the Principle of Humanity, a different consequentialism.
So below here the new books announced, and a further preview of the range of website writings, and links to some lectures or talks, and links to a cv and then to images.
A NEW BOOK BY TED HONDERICH
Oxford University Press
To understand what it is to be
conscious, don’t start with any of five leading philosophical ideas -- qualia,
what it’s like to be something, traditional subjectivity, intentionality, phenomenality, or
any bundle of them. Start with a figurative database. It leads to ordinary
consciousness in the primary or core sense being initially adequately clarified, which
kind of clarification is essential to inquiry and real agreement and disagreement, as something's
The resulting wholly literal and explicit theory of consciousness, Actualism, first is that with consciousness in perceiving, what is actual is a spatio-temporal piece or stage out there of a physical world, usually a room. Not sense data, any other representations, a self, functional or cognitive-science relations, some constitution or structure of consciousness, or whatever else from the histories of philosophy and science, whatever roles such things play in the associated unconscious mentality.
With thinking and with wanting as against perceiving, what is actual, to be briefer than brief, is only representations-with-attitudes.
And being actual in all cases is being subjectively physical, differently so with perceptual consciousness as against each of cognitive and affective consciousness. No representationism by itself is a sufficient account of cognitive and affective consciousness.
The subjectively physical as a whole, all parts being open to full and explicit characterization, no gesturing, is one great category of all physicality, the other being objective physicality, where we need to begin.
Actualism right or wrong is therefore a wholly different physicalism from predecessors, both in what it includes and what it excludes.
It is different too in being partly an externalism and partly an internalism or cranialism. It deals exclusively with the prime subject with respect to the philosophy and science of mind. It is argued to satisfy assembled criteria better than any competing theory. It denies unique mystery about mind, any obstacle to science. It claims to explain subjectivity fully, only partly by having a real physical world dependent not only on the objective physical world but on you neurally. Despite being persistently worked out, is it a programme? It may be philosophically as well as scientifically fertile.
Actual Consciousness, whatever its worth and future, is long, diligent, new and different, and at least for those reasons challenging to readers, maybe even hardened philosophical readers. If with a cheerful guide and companion, and without pitfalls or perils or indulgences in specialities, it is a very considerable journey. So I now give in to the temptation to mention various additional anticipations of it.
2nd NEW BOOK
PHILOSOPHERS OF OUR TIMES
Royal Institute of Philosophy Annual Lectures
edited by Ted Honderich
Oxford University Press
Thomas Nagel, Conceiving the Impossible and the Mind-Body Problem
Peter Strawson, Perception and Its Objects
Tyler Burge, Perception: Where Mind Begins?
Jerry Fodor, The Revenge of the Given: Mental Representation Without Conceptualization
Ned Block, Attention and Mental Paint
John McDowell, Intention in Action
Christine Korsgaard, On Having a Good
Tom Scanlon, Reasons Fundamentalism
Simon Blackburn, The Sovereignty of Reason
Mary Warnock, What Is Natural and Should We Care About It?
John Searle, Freedom of the Will as a Problem in Neurobiology
Derek Parfit, We Are Not Human Beings
Anthony Kenny, Knowledge, Belief and Faith: Is Religion Really the Root of All Evil?
Noam Chomsky, Simple Truths, Hard Choices: Some Thoughts on Terror, Justice, and Self-Defence
Alasdair MacIntyre, Social Structures and Their Threats to Moral Agency
Jurgen Habermas, Religious Tolerance: The Pacemaker for Cultural Rights
Bernard Williams, Philosophy as a Humanist Discipline
David Chalmers, On the Limits of Philosophical Progress
FOR EVERYTHING ON THIS WEBSITE, GO TO THE INDEX.
But, by way of a further preview, the larger and smaller subjects of papers, chapters, lectures, reviews, a speech or two, some television and so on on include quite a few categories.
Consciousness, the mind, Actualism, functionalism and cognitive science, Davidson's Anomalous Monism, mind-brain dualism, physicalism, Roland Penrose's inner tubes, David Papineau's physicalism, that left-behind Union Theory of consciousness and brain.
Causation, Russell's great Theory of Descriptions and Strawson's objection and a defence of Russell, two views of the Logical Positivist A. J. Ayer, effects taken as merely high probabilities.
Politics and hence right and wrong, consequentialism about rightness, equality and its obvious problem, the Principle of Humanity, maybe that attitude's holiness, conservatism and liberalism, hierarchic democracy, civil disobedience, Marx and Mill, Anti-Semitism and the Semitic Inhumanity that includes neo-Zionist philosophy, terrorisms, the moral right of the Palestinians to their terrorism, war and the terrorist-war criminal Blair.
Determinism's relation to freedom and responsibility, the absurdity of both the ideas that determinism is compatible and determinism is incompatible with freedom.
Philosophical autobiography, philosophers' attacks and defences and public rows, and more.
And now a quick selection of particular writings from those various categories.
A recent and different idea on determinism and our human standing owed to thinking about consciousness.
Thoughts after the book After The Terror on our culpable omissions in a loss of 20 million years of living time in Africa.
John Searle and Property Dualism.
A book interview with Ted Honderich on American state terrorism.
Dan Dennett, a review of Honderich on determinism.
Occupy London talks to the occupiers at St. Paul's Cathedral.
Thinking about the nature of time -- the relations of before and after as against past and present.
A letter to the editor against a distinguished scientist about philosophy as dead etc.
Doyle on Honderich on determinism and freedom.
A tv interview & transcript about Palestine.
Excerpts from 11 papers by others and from T.H.'s replies in a book on his now outlived and abandoned thinking about consciousness -- the Union Theory. For the new stuff see what is said of Actual Consciousness above.
Full lectures (Chomsky, Honderich etc) in a series on terror.
Hay-on-Wye videos -- consciousness lecture and debate on terrorism -- & the talk Terrorisms, Wars, The New Teletubbies.
The Neo-Zionist libel of anti-semitism and the fall and rise of a book in Germany.
Ch.1 of the book How Free Are You? in French.
On Understanding, Endorsing or Inciting Terrorism.
A Greek interview -- Mass Civil Disobedience Today.
The general paper Effects, Determinism, Neither Compatibilism Nor Incompatibilism, Consciousness.
Maybe true if traditional articles on determinism & freedom by McCall & McCann.
A. J. Ayer -- his review of Honderich's large volume on determinism.
More on determinism and freedom by Manuel Vargas & Honderich.
On Bernard Williams on moral luck, and other philosophers on other items, thoughts on them.
Terrorist-war criminals such as Blair
-- to speak for a reason without customary restraint.
Danish interview, gratifying.
English interview at the Garrick Club.
Is the mind ahead of the brain or behind it? Superior thoughts on the neuroscientist Libet.
On the hopeless idea that effects are only high probabilities.
Chomsky on simple truths.
Galen Strawson on free will.
You gotta read it -- a review of John Searle on mind, language and society.
Postscript to a German book-banning having to do with purported anti-semitism: The Absent Prof. Brumlik.
Honderich, McGinn, Strohminger -- academic insults and rows about two reviewed books, one being Honderich's superceded On Consciousness, another being McGinn's on the subject of disgust.
Excerpts from 11 papers by others and from Honderich's replies in a book on his earlier thinking about consciousness and radical externalism.
From that book, seeing things & intentionality in seeing.
Our air war on Libya. A preface to something to come?
T.H. LECTURES, TALKS
Kings College London, 24 Jan
Royal Institute of Philosophy 28 Feb
St. Andrews, Apr 1
Hay on Wye festival, lecture on consciousness 27 May
Hay on Wye, panel discussion with Thomas Pogge on world poverty also 27 May
New York University, consciousness, Sept 29
CUNY Graduate Centre, consciousness, Oct 1
Muswell Hill Bookshop, 17 Oct
Bursa, Turkey, Oct, tentative
Magdeburg, Germany, Nov
Berlin School of Brain and Mind, Humboldt University, Nov
Oxford Brookes University Feb 16
Oxford University Continuing Education May 16-17
Invitation to this open philosophical website: Submissions are welcome on determinism, free will, mind, political moralities, Palestine, neo-Zionism etc.