The Nature of Consciousness: Philosophical Debates / Edition 1

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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 Consciousness provides 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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Editorial Reviews

New Scientist
Anyone possessing a well-thumbed pop Dennett or Penrose will covet this handsome "textbook."
Nancey Murphy
...[I]t collects in a single volume a veritable library of essays on consciousness, and it includes...a remarkable overview of the field of consciousness studies, both current and historical... -- Books & Culture: A Christian Review
New Scientist
Anyone possessing a well-thumbed pop Dennett or Penrose will covet this handsome "textbook."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262522106
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 8/8/1997
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 885
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ned Block is Silver Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at New York University and wasChair of the Philosophy Program at MIT from 1990 to 1995. He is a coeditor of The Nature ofConsciousness: Philosophical Debates (MIT Press, 1997).

Owen Flanagan is James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy at Duke University. He is the author of Consciousness Reconsidered and The Really Hard Problem: Meaning in aMaterial World, both published by the MIT Press, and other books.

Güven Güzeldere is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Duke University. He is coeditor (with Ned Block and Owen Flanagan) ofThe Nature of Consciousness: Philosophical and Scientific Debates (MIT Press,1998) and a founding associate editor of Psyche: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Consciousness.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Many Faces of Consciousness: A Field Guide 1
1 The Stream of Consciousness 71
2 The Cartesian Theater and "Filling In" the Stream of Consciousness 83
3 The Robust Phenomenology of the Stream of Consciousness 89
4 Prospects for a Unified Theory of Consciousness or, What Dreams Are Made Of 97
5 Consciousness, Folk Psychology, and Cognitive Science 111
6 Can Neurobiology Teach Us Anything about Consciousness? 127
7 Time and the Observer: The Where and When of Consciousness in the Brain 141
8 Begging the Question against Phenomenal Consciousness 175
9 Time for More Alternatives 181
10 Contrastive Phenomenology: A Thoroughly Empirical Approach to Consciousness 187
11 Visual Perception and Visual Awareness after Brain Damage: A Tutorial Overview 203
12 Understanding Consciousness: Clues from Unilateral Neglect and Related Disorders 237
13 Modularity and Consciousness 255
14 Towards a Neurobiological Theory of Consciousness 277
15 Consciousness and Content 295
16 Externalism and Experience 309
17 A Representational Theory of Pains and Their Phenomenal Character 329
18 Sensation and the Content of Experience: A Distinction 341
19 Conscious Inessentialism and the Epiphenomenalist Suspicion 357
20 On a Confusion about a Function of Consciousness 375
21 The Path Not Taken 417
22 Availability: The Cognitive Basis of Experience? 421
23 Fallacies or Analyses? 425
24 Two Kinds of Consciousness 427
25 Understanding the Phenomenal Mind: Are We All Just Armadillos? Part II: The Absent Qualia Argument 435
26 The Identity Thesis 445
27 Reductionism and the Irreducibility of Consciousness 451
28 A Question about Consciousness 461
29 Finding the Mind in the Natural World 483
30 Breaking the Hold: Silicon Brains, Conscious Robots, and Other Minds 493
31 The First-Person Perspective 503
32 What Is It Like to Be a Bat? 519
33 Can We Solve the Mind-Body Problem? 529
34 On Leaving Out What It's Like 543
35 Understanding the Phenomenal Mind: Are We All Just Armadillos? Part I: Phenomenal Knowledge and Explanatory Gaps 559
36 What Mary Didn't Know 567
37 Knowing Qualia: A Reply to Jackson 571
38 What Experience Teaches 579
39 Phenomenal States 597
40 Quining Qualia 619
41 The Inverted Spectrum 643
42 The Intrinsic Quality of Experience 663
43 Inverted Earth 677
44 Curse of the Qualia 695
45 What Is Consciousness? 721
46 A Theory of Consciousness 729
47 Consciousness as Internal Monitoring 755
48 Conscious Experience 773
49 Is Consciousness the Perception of What Passes in One's Own Mind? 789
References to Introduction 807
Suggested Readings compiled by Guven Guzeldere 817
Index 825
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