| PROF. TED HONDERICH WEBSITE
These are a philosopher's pages. Writings by him are in them, many on consciousness, many on right and wrong in politics. Also papers by him and others on determinism and freedom. One commitment in all this is to mainstream philosophy, which is 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 NEW BOOK BY TED HONDERICH
Oxford University Press
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.
Being actual, second, 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.
Actualism right or wrong is therefore a wholly different physicalism from predecessors. 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. 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.
A SECOND NEW BOOK
PHILOSOPHERS OF OUR TIMES
Royal Institute of Philosophy Annual Lectures
Oxford University Press
The 17 lectures in the volume are in five groups, as listed just below. They are preceded by brief intoductory summaries by the chairman of all the lectures, Ted Honderich. Turn if you wish to the general introduction to the volume. Turn too if you wish to one of the short introductory summaries, to the Nagel lecture, others to succeed one another from time to time on this website.
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 FULL INDEX. But -- here is a survey of the larger and smaller categories of papers, chapters, lectures, reviews, a speech or two, some television and other media and so on on.
1. Consciousness, its sides, the mind, functionalism and cognitive science, Davidson's Anomalous Monism, mental causation, mind-brain dualism, physicalism, Roland Penrose's inner tubes, David Papineau's physicalism, that left-behind Union Theory of consciousness and brain now succeeded by Actualism.
2. Politics and hence right and wrong, consequentialism about rightness, equality and its obvious problem, the Principle of Humanity, maybe its holiness, conservatism and liberalism, hierarchic democracy, civil disobedience, Marx and Mill, Anti-Semitism and Semitic Inhumanity, neo-Zionist philosophy, terrorisms, the moral right of the Palestinians to their terrorism, war and the terrorist-war criminal Blair,
3. Determinism's truth and its relation to freedom and responsibility, the absurdity of both the ideas that determinism is compatible and that determinism is incompatible with freedom, philosophical autobiography, philosophical attacks and defences and rows, and more.
4 General and miscellaneous. Russell's great Theory of Descriptions and Strawson's objection, two views of the Logical Positivist A. J. Ayer, effects taken as merely high probabilities.
And here, from each of these four categories, a few quick selections.
1. Consciousness and mind
John Searle and Property Dualism
Actual Consciousness, the 1st review, Times Higher Education
Actual Consciousness: Why it makes consciousness a subject for still more science
Actual Consciousness: An author's oversight already, the tyranny of the present, grandiosity
Hay-on-Wye videos -- consciousness lecture
Descartes, dualism, objective physicalism, the true physicalism -- another summary
Davidson's Anomalous Monism and the Champion of Mauve
Roger Penrose and Ted Honderich on consciousness
Excerpts from 11 papers by others and from Honderich's replies in a book on his now outlived thinking about consciousness and radical externalism
From that past book, seeing things & intentionality in seeing
2. politics and right and wrong
Thoughts after the book After The Terror on our culpable omissions in a loss of 20 million years of living time in Africa
A book interview with Ted Honderich on American state terrorism
Occupy London talks to the occupiers at St. Paul's Cathedral
A tv interview & transcript about Palestine
Full lectures (Chomsky, Honderich etc) in a series on terror
Hay-on-Wye videos -- 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
On Understanding, Endorsing or Inciting Terrorism
A Greek interview -- Mass Civil Disobedience Today
Chomsky on simple truths about terrorism etc
Postscript to the German book-banning having to do with purported anti-semitism: The Absent Prof. Brumlik
Our air war on Libya
3. determinism, freedom, responsibility
Dan Dennett, a review of Honderich A Theory of Determinism: The Mind, Neuroscience, and Life Hopes
A. J. Ayer review of Honderich determinism book above
A recent and different idea on determinism and our human standing owed to thinking about consciousness
Doyle on Honderich on determinism and freedom
On the idea that effects are only high probabilities
Galen Strawson on free will
Ch.1 of the book How Free Are You? in French
The general paper Effects, Determinism, Neither Compatibilism Nor Incompatibilism, Consciousness
Maybe true if traditional articles on determinism & freedom by McCall & McCann
More on determinism and freedom by Manuel Vargas & Ted Honderich
4. general, miscellaneous
Thinking about the nature of time -- the relations of (a) before and after as against (b) past and present
A letter to the editor against a distinguished scientist about philosophy as dead, time, etc.
On Bernard Williams on moral luck, and other philosophers on other items, thoughts on them
Terrorist-war criminals such as Blair
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.
You gotta read it -- a review of Searle on mind, language and society
Honderich, McGinn, Strohminger -- academic rows and insults about two reviewed books, one being Honderich's On Consciousness
T.H. LECTURES, TALKS
Kings College London, 24 Jan
Royal Institute of Philosophy 28 Feb
St. Andrews, Apr 1
Hay on Wye, 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
Graduate Centre, CUNY, consciousness, Oct 1
Oxford Brookes, Oct
Bursa, Turkey, Oct
Magdeburg, Germany, Nov
Berlin School of Brain and Mind, Humboldt University, Nov
Invitation to an open philosophical website: Submissions are welcome on consciousness and mind, determinism, free will, mind, political moralities, Palestine, Zionism, neo-Zionism, other related subjects.