Consciousness: New Philosophical Perspectives

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Consciousness is perhaps the most puzzling problem we humans face in trying to understand ourselves. Here, eighteen essays offer new angles on the subject. The contributors, who include many of the leading figures in philosophy of mind, discuss such central topics as intentionality, phenomenal content, and the relevance of quantum mechanics to the study of consciousness.

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Overview

Consciousness is perhaps the most puzzling problem we humans face in trying to understand ourselves. Here, eighteen essays offer new angles on the subject. The contributors, who include many of the leading figures in philosophy of mind, discuss such central topics as intentionality, phenomenal content, and the relevance of quantum mechanics to the study of consciousness.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199241293
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/27/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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Western Michigan University

Santa Barbara City College

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Contributors
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Intentionality and Phenomenal Content
1 Blurry Images, Double Vision, and Other Oddities: New Problems for Representationalism? 7
2 The Intentional Structure of Consciousness 33
3 Experience and Representation 57
4 Transparent Experience and the Availability of Qualia 77
5 Colour, Consciousness, and Colour Consciousness 97
Pt. 2 Knowing Mental States
6 How to Read Your Own Mind: A Cognitive Theory of Self-Consciousness 157
7 Knowing Mental States: The Asymmetry of Psychological Prediction and Explanation 201
8 The Content and Epistemology of Phenomenal Belief 220
9 Privileged Access 273
Pt. 3 Consciousness and the Brain
10 Consciousness and Cognition: Semiotic Conceptions of Bodies and Minds 295
11 Maps, Gaps, and Traps 323
12 Theories of Consciousness 353
13 Perspectival Representation and the Knowledge Argument 384
14 McGinn on Consciousness and the Mind-Body Problem 396
Pt. 4 Quantum Mechanics and Consciousness
15 Why Cognitive Scientists Cannot Ignore Quantum Mechanics 409
16 Consciousness and the Quantum World: Putting Qualia on the Map 447
17 Mindless Sensationalism: A Quantum Framework for Consciousness 468
18 Consciousness and Quantum Theory: Strange Bedfellows 507
Index 525
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