Thinking about Consciousness / Edition 1

Thinking about Consciousness / Edition 1

by David Papineau
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Oxford University Press


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Thinking about Consciousness / Edition 1

The relation between subjective consciousness and the physical brain is widely regarded as the last mystery facing science. Papineau argues that consciousness seems mysterious not because of any hidden essence, but only because we think about it in a special way. He exposes the resulting potential for confusion, and shows that much scientific study of consciousness is misconceived.

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ISBN-13: 9780199271153
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 06/10/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

David Papineau is Professor of Philosophy at King's College London. His books include Theory and Meaning (Clarendon Press 1979), Reality and Representation (Blackwell 1987), Philosophical Naturalism (Blackwell 1993), and The Philosophy of Science (Oxford Readings in Philosophy 1996).

Table of Contents

1Mystery--What Mystery?1
2The Intuition of Distinctness2
3A Need for Therapy3
4Ontological Monism, Conceptual Dualism4
5Understanding the Intuition of Distinctness6
6The Details of Materialism8
7The Plan of the Book9
1The Case for Materialism13
1.2The Causal Argument17
1.3The Ontology of Causes18
1.4Epiphenomenalism and Pre-established Harmony21
1.5Accepting Overdetermination26
1.6Functionalism and Epiphobia28
1.7A Possible Cure for Epiphobia32
1.8Intuition and Supervenience36
1.9An Argument from A Priori Causal Roles38
1.10What is 'Physics'?40
1.11The Completeness of Physics44
2Conceptual Dualism47
2.2Jackson's Knowledge Argument50
2.3Denying Any Difference51
2.4Imaginative Re-creation56
2.5Introspective Classification57
2.6The Ability Hypothesis59
2.7Indexicality and Phenomenal Concepts63
2.8The Contingency of Learning from Experience67
2.9Imagination and Introspection69
2.10Further Issues71
3The Impossibility of Zombies73
3.2Epistemology versus Metaphysics77
3.3The Appearance of Contingency77
3.4Explaining the Appearance of Contingency79
3.5Referring via Contingent Properties81
3.6A Different Explanation85
3.7Thinking Impossible Things88
3.8Conceivability and Possibility91
3.9The Intuition of Distinctness93
4Phenomenal Concepts96
4.2Psychological, Phenomenal, and Everyday Concepts97
4.3Phenomenal Properties Provide their own 'Modes of Presentation'103
4.4World-Directed Perceptual Re-creation and Classification106
4.5Perceptual Concepts108
4.6How Do Perceptual Concepts Refer?110
4.7The Phenomenal Co-option of Perceptual Concepts114
4.8A Quotational Model116
4.9Indexicality and the Quotational Model122
4.10The Causal Basis of Phenomenal Reference125
4.11Phenomenal Concepts and Privacy127
4.12First-Person Incorrigibility133
4.13Third-Person Uses of Phenomenal Concepts139
5The Explanatory Gap141
5.2Mark Twain, Samuel Clemens, and Intuitions of Gaps143
5.3Reduction, Roles, and Explanation147
5.4Does Materialism Require the Physical Truths to Imply all the Truths?150
5.5An Epistemological Gap155
6The Intuition of Distinctness161
6.2Is an Explanation Already to Hand?162
6.3Does Conceptual Dualism Explain the Intuition of Distinctness?164
6.4Nagel's Footnote167
6.5The Antipathetic Fallacy169
6.6Do Phenomenal Concepts Resemble their Objects?171
7Prospects for the Scientific Study of Phenomenal Consciousness175
7.2The Limitations of Consciousness Research176
7.3Phenomenal and Psychological Research179
7.4Subjects' First-Person Reports181
7.6Methodological Impotence187
7.7Further Alternatives191
7.8Vague Phenomenal Concepts196
7.9Vagueness Defended199
7.10Theories of Consciousness-as-Such202
7.11Actualist HOT Theories204
7.13The Dispositional HOT theory210
7.14Methodological Meltdown215
7.15Representational Theories of Consciousness221
7.16Vagueness and Consciousness-as-Such225
AppendixThe History of The Completeness of Physics232
A.2Descartes and Leibniz234
A.3Newtonian Physics237
A.4The Conservation of Energy243
A.5Conservative Animism249
A.6The Death of Emergentism253

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