Purple Haze: The Puzzle of Consciousness (Philosophy of Mind Series) / Edition 1
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Purple Haze: The Puzzle of Consciousness (Philosophy of Mind Series) / Edition 1

by Joseph Levine
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195173082

ISBN-13: 9780195173086

Pub. Date: 01/08/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Conscious experience presents a deep puzzle. On the one hand, a fairly robust materialism must be true in order to explain how it is that conscious events causally interact with non-conscious, physical events. On the other hand, we cannot explain how physical phenomena give rise to conscious experience.
In this wide-ranging study, Joseph Levine explores both

Overview

Conscious experience presents a deep puzzle. On the one hand, a fairly robust materialism must be true in order to explain how it is that conscious events causally interact with non-conscious, physical events. On the other hand, we cannot explain how physical phenomena give rise to conscious experience.
In this wide-ranging study, Joseph Levine explores both sides of the mind-body dilemma, presenting the first book-length treatment of his highly influential ideas on the "explanatory gap," the fact that we can't explain the nature of phenomenal experience in terms of its physical realization. He presents a careful argument that there is such a gap, and, after providing intriguing analyses of virtually all existing theories of consciousness, shows that recent attempts to close it fall short of the mark. Levine concludes that in the foreseeable future consciousness will remain a mystery.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195173086
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/08/2004
Series:
Philosophy of Mind Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
1."All in My Brain" Materialism11
2."Lately Things Don't Seem the Same" The Conceivability Argument39
3."Actin' Funny, but I Don't Know Why" The Explanatory Gap69
4."Don't Know If I'm Comin' Up or Down" Reductive Strategies93
5."You've Got Me Blowin', Blowin' My Mind" Eliminativism127
6."Purple Haze, All Around" Consciousness and Cognition151
Coda: "Is It Tomorrow, or Just the End of Time?"175
Notes179
References195
Index201

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