Phenomenal Consciousness: A Naturalistic Theory

Phenomenal Consciousness: A Naturalistic Theory

by Peter Carruthers
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521781736

ISBN-13: 9780521781732

Pub. Date: 12/01/2000

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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

Overview

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:
9780521781732
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2000
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)
Lexile:
1470L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1. Assumptions, distinctions, and a map; 2. Perspectival, subjective, and worldly facts; 3. Explanatory gaps and qualia; 4. Naturalisation and narrow content; 5. First-order representationalism; 6. Against first-order representationalism; 7. Higher-order representationalism: a first defence; 8. Dispositionalist higher-order thought theory (1): function; 9. Dispositionalist higher-order thought theory (2): feel; 10. Phenomenal consciousness and language; 11. Fragmentary consciousness and the Cartesian theatre.

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