Consciousness: New Philosophical Perspectives

Paperback | January 1, 2003

EditorQuentin Smith, Aleksandar Jokic

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Consciousness is perhaps the most puzzling problem we humans face in trying to understand ourselves. It has been the subject of intense study for several decades, but, despite substantial progress, the most difficult problems have still not reached any generally agreed solution. Future research can start with this book. Eighteen original, specially written essays offer new angles on the subject. The contributors, who include many of the leading figures in philosophy of mind, discuss such central topics as intentionality, phenomenal content, knowledge of mental states,consciousness and the brain, and the relevance of quantum mechanics to the study of consciousness.

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Consciousness is perhaps the most puzzling problem we humans face in trying to understand ourselves. It has been the subject of intense study for several decades, but, despite substantial progress, the most difficult problems have still not reached any generally agreed solution. Future research can start with this book. Eighteen origin...

Quentin Smith is a Professor of Philosophy at Western Michigan University. Aleksandar Jokic is Executive Director of the Center for Philosophical Education at Santa Barbara City College.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:January 1, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199241293

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Intentionality and Phenomenal Content1. Michael Tye: Blurry Images, Double Vision, and Other Oddities: New Problems for Representationalism?2. Tim Crane: The Intentional Structure of Consciousness3. Joseph Levine: Experience and Representation4. Brian Loar: Transparent Experience and the Availability of Qualia5. Brian P. McLaughlin: Color, Consciousness, and Color ConsciousnessKnowing Mental States6. Shaul Nichols and Stephen Stich: How to Read Your Own Mind: A Cognitive Theory of Self-Consciousness7. Kristin Andrews: Knowing Mental States: The Asymmetry of Psychological Prediction and Explanation8. David Chalmers: The Content and Epistemology of Phenomenal Belief9. Ernest Sosa: Privileged AccessConsciousness and the Brain10. James Fetzer: Consciousness and Cognition: Semiotic Conceptions of Bodies and Minds11. Robert Van Gulick: Maps, Gaps, and Traps12. David Papineau: Theories of Consciousness13. William Lycan: Perspectival Representation and the Knowledge Argument14. Anthony Brueckner and E. Beroukhim: McGinn on Consciousness and the Mind-Body ProblemQuantum Mechanics and Consciousness15. Quentin Smith: Why Cognitive Scientists Cannot Ignore Quantum Mechanics16. Michael Lockwood: Consciousness and the Quantum World: Putting Qualia on the Map17. Don Page: Mindless Sensationalism: A Quantum Framework for Consciousness18. Barry Loewer: Consciousness and Quantum Theory: Strange Bedfellows

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`David Chalmers has a superb defence of the existence of phenomenal beliefs that are not conceptually reducible to physicalist and functional analysis.'Religious Studies