Mind: Your Consciousness is What and Where?

Mind: Your Consciousness is What and Where?

by Ted Honderich


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What is mind? Still harder, what is consciousness? In this radical new book, eminent philosopher Ted Honderich tackles this great mystery in philosophy, psychology, neuroscience—and the rest of life. He proposes to replace all competing theories of consciousness with actualism that rests on data you share yourself.

Unlike other theories, actualism differentiates among the three sides of consciousness—consciousness that is seeing, consciousness that is thinking, and consciousness that is wanting. Consciousness in seeing is not an image or picture in your head, but the existence out there of a real but subjective thing, dependent on both the objective physical world out there and on you as a person. In its attention to the concrete, actualism is becoming increasingly popular among philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists who had previously declared an urgent need for a new theory.

Honderich’s readable, understandable, and unpretentious writing lays out these bold concepts and complex thoughts with clarity and verve. He reinvents our understanding of ourselves, our consciousness, and our mind.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780238210
Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date: 12/15/2017
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ted Honderich is the Grote Professor Emeritus of the Philosophy of Mind and Logic at University College London and the author of many books.

Table of Contents

Invitation to Readers 7

1 Actualism Anticipated 12

2 Four Main Questions About Consciousness 27

3 Five Leading Ideas About Consciousness 37

4 A Database 48

5 Mind-Brain Dualism, Abstract Functionalism 60

6 Other Particular Consciousness Theories 70

7 The Characteristics of the Chair Under You 84

8 Consciousness in Seeing: What Is Actual? 98

9 Consciousness in Seeing: Being Actual 110

10 Thinking and Wanting: What Is Actual? 133

11 Thinking and Wanting: Being Actual 146

12 A Summary Table of Physicalities 159

Glossary 177

Readings On Consciousness 188

Index 201

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