Consciousness and Experience / Edition 1

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Overview

This sequel to Lycan's Consciousness (1987) continues the elaboration of his general functionalist theory of consciousness, answers the critics of his earlier work, and expands the range of discussion to deal with the many new issues and arguments that have arisen in the intervening years — an extraordinarily fertile period for the philosophical investigation of consciousness.Lycan not only uses the numerous arguments against materialism, and functionalist theories of mind in particular, to gain a more detailed positive view of the structure of the mind,he also targets the set of really hard problems at the center of the theory of consciousness: subjectivity, qualia, and the felt aspect of experience. The key to his own enlarged and fairly argued position, which he calls the "hegemony of representation," is that there is no more to mind or consciousness than can be accounted for in terms of intentionality, functional organization, and in particular, second-order representation of one's own mental states.A Bradford Book

Elaboration of functionalist theory, deals w/ subjectivity, self-consciousness, perceptions, sensations, amnesia, etc.

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Frank Jackson
[Lycan] states his earlier views, makes some modifications, and considers in some detail various objections put to him and some of the writings on consciousness that have appeared since the 1987 book....This kind of indirect argument does not tell us which package of representational facts secures any given perceptual experience, but does tell us...that there must be such a package for any given perceptual experience...
Psyche \
Frank Jackson
[Lycan] states his earlier views, makes some modifications, and considers in some detail various objections put to him and some of the writings on consciousness that have appeared since the 1987 book....This kind of indirect argument does not tell us which package of representational facts secures any given perceptual experience, but does tell us...that there must be such a package for any given perceptual experience...
Psyche
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262121972
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 9/4/1996
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 231
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

William G. Lycan is Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, ChapelHill.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: What Is "The" Problem of Consciousness? 1
2 Concious Awareness as Internal Monitoring 13
3 The Subjectivity of the Mental 45
4 Qualia Strictly So Called 69
5 A Limited Defense of Phenomenal Information 91
6 Strange Qualia 109
7 Peacocke's Arguments 143
Notes 161
References 191
Index 205
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