Consciousness, and the Fallacy of Misplaced Concreteness
David Ray Griffin
II. Overcoming Misplaced Concreteness with
Regard to Both Matter and Mind
abstract understandings of matter and mind are mutually supportive.
Overcoming misplaced concreteness with regard to one will, therefore,
require overcoming it with regard to the other. While this is true, it is
also the case that the most important direction is from mind to matter.
While overcoming the fallacious view of matter will help overcome the
fallacious view of the mind, getting a correct understanding of the
human mind, especially the status of its sensory perception and
conscious-ness, is essential for overcoming the erroneous view of matter.
argument, especially how the various elements in it are related, is not
always as clear as one might wish. A careful reading, however, reveals
that there are six major dimensions of his contention that we can
generalize from our own experience to understand what matter is in itself.
I have organized this section in terms of these six dimensions.
August 31, 2007
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