Raw Feeling: A Philosophical Account of the Essence of Consciousness

Paperback | October 24, 1996

byRobert Kirk

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Consciousness is a perennial source of mystification in the philosophy of mind: how could processes in the brain amount to conscious experiences? Robert Kirk uses the notion of 'raw feeling' to bridge the intelligibility gap between our knowledge of ourselves as physical organisms and ourknowledge of ourselves as subjects of experience; he argues that there is no need for recourse to dualism or private mental objects. The task is to understand how the truth about raw feeling could be strictly implied by narrowly physical truths. Kirk's explanation turns on an account of what it isto be a subject of conscious perceptual experience. He offers penetrating analyses of the philosophical problems of consciousness and suggests novel solutions which, unlike their rivals, can be accepted without gritting one's teeth.

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Robert Kirk used the notion of 'raw feeling' to pin down the phenomenon that demands philosophical explanation. He argues that the facts about raw feeling are strictly implied by the purely physical facts--that rules out epiphenomenalism and other sorts of dualism. 'Raw Feeling is an hones, imaginative, and carefully constructed book. ...

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Consciousness is a perennial source of mystification in the philosophy of mind: how could processes in the brain amount to conscious experiences? Robert Kirk uses the notion of 'raw feeling' to bridge the intelligibility gap between our knowledge of ourselves as physical organisms and ourknowledge of ourselves as subjects of experienc...

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Robert Kirk used the notion of 'raw feeling' to pin down the phenomenon that demands philosophical explanation. He argues that the facts about raw feeling are strictly implied by the purely physical facts--that rules out epiphenomenalism and other sorts of dualism. 'Raw Feeling is an hones, imaginative, and carefully constructed book. ...

Robert Kirk is Professor of Philosophy and Head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of Translation Determined (Clarendon Press, 1986).
Format:PaperbackDimensions:260 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:October 24, 1996Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Raw Feeling and the Intelligibility Gap2. Is the Notion Sound?3. Strict Implication and the Swiss Cheese Principle4. Perceptual Information5. Conscious Subjects6. The Character of Raw Feeling7. The Gap has been BridgedBibliography, Index

From Our Editors

Robert Kirk used the notion of 'raw feeling' to pin down the phenomenon that demands philosophical explanation. He argues that the facts about raw feeling are strictly implied by the purely physical facts--that rules out epiphenomenalism and other sorts of dualism. 'Raw Feeling is an hones, imaginative, and carefully constructed book. It addresses the main questions about sentience squarely and intelligently, and it offers answers that are not without appeal.

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`This book is a worthy attempt to solve a formidable problem ... Raw Feeling is notable for its commitment to complex necessary functions for qualitative experiences.'MIND