Consciousness and its Objects by Colin Mcginn

Consciousness and its Objects

byColin Mcginn

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Colin McGinn presents his latest work on consciousness in ten interlinked essays, four of them previously unpublished. He extends and deepens his controversial solution to the mind-body problem, defending the view that consciousness is both ontologically unproblematic and epistemologicallyimpenetrable. He also investigates the basis of our knowledge that there is a mind-body problem, and the bearing of this on attempted solutions. McGinn goes on to discuss the status of first-person authority, the possibility of atomism with respect to consciousness, extreme dualism, and the role of non-existent objects in constituting intentionality. He argues that traditional claims about our knowledge of our own mind and of theexternal world can be inverted; that atomism about the conscious mind might turn out to be true; that dualism is more credible the more extreme it is; and that all intentionality involves non-existent objects. These are all surprising positions, but he contends that what the philosophy of mind needsnow is 'methodological radicalism' - a willingness to consider new and seemingly extravagant ideas.

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Colin McGinn is in the Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University, New Jersey.
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Title:Consciousness and its ObjectsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 7.99 × 5.31 × 0.74 inPublished:July 14, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. What Constitutes the Mind-Body Problem?2. How Not to Solve the Mind-Body Problem3. Solving the Philosophical Mind-Body Problem4. What Is It Not Like to be a Brain?5. Consciousness and Space6. Consciousness, Atomism, and the Ancient Greeks7. Consciousness and Cosmology: Hyperdualism Ventilated8. The Problem of Philosophy9. Inverted First-Person Authority10. The Objects of Intentionality