Nature of Consciousness Philosophical Debates

ISBN-10: 0262522101

ISBN-13: 9780262522106

Edition: 1997

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Description: Intended for anyone attempting to find their way through the large and confusingly interwoven philosophical literature on consciousness, this reader brings together most of the principal texts in philosophy (and a small set of related key works in neuropsychology) on consciousness through 1997, and includes some forthcoming articles. Its extensive coverage strikes a balance between seminal works of the past few decades and the leading edge of philosophical research on consciousness. As no other anthology currently does, The Nature of Consciousnessprovides a substantial introduction to the field, and imposes structure on a vast and complicated literature, with sections covering stream of consciousness, theoretical issues, consciousness and representation, the function of consciousness, subjectivity and the explanatory gap, the knowledge argument, qualia, and monitoring conceptions of consciousness. Of the 49 contributions, 18 are either new or have been adapted from a previous publication.

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Book details

List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 9/10/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 885
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 3.212
Language: English

Preface and Acknowledgments
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Introduction: The Many Faces of Consciousness: A Field Guide
The Stream of Consciousness
The Cartesian Theater and "Filling In" the Stream of Consciousness
The Robust Phenomenology of the Stream of Consciousness
Prospects for a Unified Theory of Consciousness or, What Dreams Are Made Of
Consciousness, Folk Psychology, and Cognitive Science
Can Neurobiology Teach Us Anything about Consciousness?
Time and the Observer: The Where and When of Consciousness in the Brain
Begging the Question against Phenomenal Consciousness
Time for More Alternatives
Contrastive Phenomenology: A Thoroughly Empirical Approach to Consciousness
Visual Perception and Visual Awareness after Brain Damage: A Tutorial Overview
Understanding Consciousness: Clues from Unilateral Neglect and Related Disorders
Modularity and Consciousness
Towards a Neurobiological Theory of Consciousness
Consciousness and Content
Externalism and Experience
A Representational Theory of Pains and Their Phenomenal Character
Sensation and the Content of Experience: A Distinction
Conscious Inessentialism and the Epiphenomenalist Suspicion
On a Confusion about a Function of Consciousness
The Path Not Taken
Availability: The Cognitive Basis of Experience?
Fallacies or Analyses?
Two Kinds of Consciousness
Understanding the Phenomenal Mind: Are We All Just Armadillos? Part II: The Absent Qualia Argument
The Identity Thesis
Reductionism and the Irreducibility of Consciousness
A Question about Consciousness
Finding the Mind in the Natural World
Breaking the Hold: Silicon Brains, Conscious Robots, and Other Minds
The First-Person Perspective
What Is It Like to Be a Bat?
Can We Solve the Mind-Body Problem?
On Leaving Out What It's Like
Understanding the Phenomenal Mind: Are We All Just Armadillos? Part I: Phenomenal Knowledge and Explanatory Gaps
What Mary Didn't Know
Knowing Qualia: A Reply to Jackson
What Experience Teaches
Phenomenal States
Quining Qualia
The Inverted Spectrum
The Intrinsic Quality of Experience
Inverted Earth
Curse of the Qualia
What Is Consciousness?
A Theory of Consciousness
Consciousness as Internal Monitoring
Conscious Experience
Is Consciousness the Perception of What Passes in One's Own Mind?
References to Introduction
Suggested Readings compiled by Guven Guzeldere
Index
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