Sir William Mitchell and the "New Mysterianism"

Australasian Journal of Philosophy 77 (3):253-73 (1999)
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This paper is about the work of a long forgotten philosopher and his views which have surprising relevance to discussions in present-day philosophy of mind and cognitive science. I argue that, far from being a traditional idealist, Mitchell advanced a very subtle position best seen as marking a transition from idealist views and later materialist accounts, the latter popularly attributed to Australian philosophers in the second half of the 20th century.

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Martin Davies
University of Melbourne


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