Consciousness and Its Objects

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Colin McGinn presents his latest work on consciousness in ten interlinked essays, four of them previously unpublished. He extends and deepens his controversial solution to the mind-body problem, defending the view that consciousness is both ontologically unproblematic and epistemologically impenetrable. He discusses the status of first-person authority; argues that all intentionality involves non-existent objects; and suggests that atomism about the conscious mind might be true, and that mind-body dualism is more credible the more extreme it is. On all these topics his views are surprising, in line with his belief that what the philosophy of mind needs now is "methodological radicalism"--a willingness to consider new and seemingly extravagant ideas.
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"The essays exhibit the features with which readers of McGinn's work will be familiar: the clarity and relaxedness of his writing, the imagination, the tenacity in following arguments to their conclusion...the collection is both intellectually substantial and fun to read--very impressive."--Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199297634
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/15/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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University of Miami
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 What Constitutes the Mind-Body Problem? 5
2 How Not to Solve the Mind-Body Problem 26
3 Solving the Philosophical Mind-Body Problem 56
4 What is it not Like to be a Brain? 77
5 Consciousness and Space 93
6 Consciousness, Atomism, and the Ancient Greeks 115
7 Consciousness and Cosmology: Hyperdualism Ventilated 136
8 The Problem of Philosophy 169
9 Inverted First-Person Authority 196
10 The Objects of Intentionality 220
Index 249
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