The Nature of Consciousness

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Mark Rowlands develops an innovative and radical account of the nature of phenomenal consciousness, with significant consequences for attempts to find a place for it in the natural order. He argues that the phenomenal aspects of conscious experience are aspects that exist only in the directing of experience towards non-phenomenal objects, a theory that undermines reductive attempts to explain consciousness in terms of what is not conscious. His book will be of interest to a wide range of readers in the philosophy of mind and language, psychology, and cognitive science.

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"...a book filled with scholarly argument, well-developed— but also well-defined— complex jargon, excellent critique of all the previous important works of the field (thought experiments included) and written by a philosophy lecturer. This book is required reading not only for those wanting to get to grips with what is going on in consciousness studies, but for those who are dissatisfied with the current accounts which...tend to base themselves on an objectualist thesis." Ion Georgiou, Metapsychology

"...the book deserves praise for setting out a detailed and well-argued case for actualism, and for making a forceful case for its transcendental nature in the context of mainstream, objectualist, analytical philosophy of mind." - Jacob Hohwy, Aarhus University, Denmark

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521808583
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/11/2001
  • Pages: 256
  • Lexile: 1340L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Rowlands is Lecturer in Philosophy at University College, Cork. His publications include Supervenience and Materialism (1995), Animal Rights (1998), The Body in Mind (1999) and numerous journal articles.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The problem of phenomenal consciousness 1
2 Consciousness and supervenience 26
3 The explanatory gap 51
4 Consciousness and higher-order experience 75
5 Consciousness and higher-order thoughts 101
6 The structure of consciousness 122
7 What it is like 148
8 Against objectualism II: mistakes about the way things seem 178
9 Consciousness and representation 197
10 Consciousness and the natural order 216
Bibliography 236
Index 242
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