Phenomenal Consciousness: A Naturalistic Theory

Phenomenal Consciousness: A Naturalistic Theory

by Peter Carruthers
     
 

How can phenomenal consciousness exist as an integral part of a physical universe? How can the technicolor phenomenology of our inner lives be created out of the complex neural activities of our brains? Peter Carruthers argues that the subjective feel of our experience is fully explicable in naturalistic (scientifically acceptable) terms, and draws on… See more details below

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How can phenomenal consciousness exist as an integral part of a physical universe? How can the technicolor phenomenology of our inner lives be created out of the complex neural activities of our brains? Peter Carruthers argues that the subjective feel of our experience is fully explicable in naturalistic (scientifically acceptable) terms, and draws on interdisciplinary resources to develop and defend a novel account in terms of higher-order thought. Phenomenal Consciousness is essential reading for all those in philosophy and the cognitive sciences who are interested in the problem of consciousness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521543996
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/30/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
347
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

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Table of Contents

List of figures
Preface
1Assumptions, distinctions, and a map1
2Perspectival, subjective, and worldly facts27
3Explanatory gaps and qualia59
4Naturalisation and narrow content88
5First-order representationalism114
6Against first-order representationalism147
7Higher-order representationalism: a first defence180
8Dispositionalist higher-order thought theory (1): function210
9Dispositionalist higher-order thought theory (2): feel236
10Phenomenal consciousness and language271
11Fragmentary consciousness and the Cartesian theatre297
Conclusion325
References330
Author index341
Subject index344

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