Consciousness: An Introduction

Consciousness: An Introduction

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Overview

Is there a theory that explains the essence of consciousness?

Or is consciousness itself an illusion?

Am I conscious now?

Now considered the 'last great mystery of science', consciousness was once viewed with extreme scepticism and rejected by mainstream scientists. It is now a significant area of research, albeit a contentious one, as well as a rapidly expanding area of study for students of psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience.

This edition of Consciousness, revised by author team Susan Blackmore and Emily Troscianko, explores the key theories and evidence in consciousness studies ranging from neuroscience and psychology to quantum theories and philosophy. It examines why the term ‘consciousness’ has no recognised definition and provides an opportunity to delve into personal intuitions about the self, mind, and consciousness.

Featuring comprehensive coverage of all core topics in the field, this edition includes:

  • Why the problem of consciousness is so hard
  • Neuroscience and the neural correlates of consciousness
  • Why we might be mistaken about our own minds
  • The apparent difference between conscious and unconscious
  • Theories of attention, free will, and self and other
  • The evolution of consciousness in animals and machines
  • Altered states from meditation to drugs and dreaming

Complete with key concept boxes, profiles of well-known thinkers, and questions and activities suitable for both independent study and group work, Consciousness provides a complete introduction to this fascinating field. Additional resources are available on the accompanying companion website: www.routledge.com/cw/blackmore  

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"The main strength of Consciousness is that it covers all the cool stuff, all the consciousness phenomena that really capture the imagination. A great virtue is that the book is current; there hasn't been anything I wanted to talk about that isn't in it. You bet I will adopt the second edition."—William Lycan, University of North Carolina


"A strong virtue of Consciousness is that it is thoroughly interdisciplinary. Terrific coverage of attention and memory, empirical stuff, the unity of consciousness, damaged brains, hallucinations, and dreams—really first-rate material."—Andrew Pessin, Connecticut College


"Consciousness is an excellent companion to a primary source reader in a philosophy of mind course, or a stand-alone text in an introductory course on consciousness."—Lisa Portmess, Gettysburg College

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781317625865
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/27/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 618
Sales rank: 763,661
File size: 12 MB
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