Subjective Consciousness: A Self-Representational Theory

Paperback | September 11, 2011

byUriah Kriegel

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Some mental events are conscious, some are unconscious. What is the difference between the two? Uriah Kriegel offers the following answer: whatever else they may represent, conscious mental states always represent themselves (whereas unconscious ones do not, at least not in the right way). Thebook develops this 'self-representational' approach to consciousness along several dimensions - including phenomenological, ontological, and scientific - and defends it from common and uncommon criticisms.

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Some mental events are conscious, some are unconscious. What is the difference between the two? Uriah Kriegel offers the following answer: whatever else they may represent, conscious mental states always represent themselves (whereas unconscious ones do not, at least not in the right way). Thebook develops this 'self-representational' ...

Uriah Kriegel is Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science, and Associate Director of the Center for Consciousness Studies, at the University of Arizona. He has published numerous articles on the nature of consciousness and related topics.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.72 inPublished:September 11, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199694702

ISBN - 13:9780199694709

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Table of Contents

1. The Self-Representational Theory of Consciousness2. Conceptual Preliminaries3. A Representational Account of Qualitative Character4. A Self-Representational Account of Subjective Character5. Self-Representationalism and the Phenomenology of Consciousness6. Self-Representationalism and the Ontology of Consciousness7. Self-Representationalism and the Science of Consciousness8. Self-Representationalism and the Reduction of ConsciousnessAppendix: Phenomenal Consciousness and Subjective ConsciousnessReferences

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`Review from previous edition Kriegel's aim is to provide a comprehensive theory of phenomenal consciousness ... it combines an impressive attention to the empirical side of the matter with a genuinely philosophical treatment ... There are new ideas and arguments in every section. 'Joseph Levine, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews