The Character of Consciousness

Paperback | October 1, 2010

byDavid J. Chalmers

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What is consciousness? How does the subjective character of consciousness fit into an objective world? How can there be a science of consciousness? In this sequel to his groundbreaking and controversial The Conscious Mind, David Chalmers develops a unified framework that addresses thesequestions and many others. Starting with a statement of the "hard problem" of consciousness, Chalmers builds a positive framework for the science of consciousness and a nonreductive vision of the metaphysics of consciousness. He replies to many critics of The Conscious Mind, and then develops apositive theory in new directions. The book includes original accounts of how we think and know about consciousness, of the unity of consciousness, and of how consciousness relates to the external world. Along the way, Chalmers develops many provocative ideas: the "consciousness meter", the Gardenof Eden as a model of perceptual experience, and The Matrix as a guide to the deepest philosophical problems about consciousness and the external world. This book will be required reading for anyone interested in the problems of mind, brain, consciousness, and reality.

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What is consciousness? How does the subjective character of consciousness fit into an objective world? How can there be a science of consciousness? In this sequel to his groundbreaking and controversial The Conscious Mind, David Chalmers develops a unified framework that addresses thesequestions and many others. Starting with a ...

David J. Chalmers is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Consciousness at the Australian National University. He is the author of THE CONSCIOUS MIND (OUP 1996), PHILOSOPHY OF MIND: Classic and Contemporary Readings (OUP 2002), and editor of the OUP series PHILOSOPHY OF MIND

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:624 pages, 0.12 × 0.12 × 0.12 inPublished:October 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195311116

ISBN - 13:9780195311112

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IntroductionAcknowledgmentsI. The Problems of Consciousness1. Facing Up to the Problem of ConsciousnessAfterword: From "Moving Forward on the Problem of Consciousness"II. The Science of Consciousness2. How Can We Construct a Science of Consciousness?Afterword: First-Person Data and First-Person Science3. What is a Neural Correlate of Consciousness?4. On the Search for the Neural Correlate of ConsciousnessIII. The Metaphysics of Consciousness5. Consciousness and its Place in Nature6. The Two-Dimensional Argument Against MaterialismAfterword: Other Anti-Materialist Arguments7. Conceptual Analysis and Reductive Explanation (with Frank Jackson)IV. Concepts of Consciousness8. The Content of Phenomenal Concepts9. The Epistemology of Phenomenal Belief10. Phenomenal Concepts and the Explanatory GapV. The Contents of Consciousness11. The Representational Character of ExperienceAfterword: The Two-Dimensional Contents of Perception12. Perception and the Fall From Eden13. The Matrix as MetaphysicsAfterword: Philosophical NotesVI. The Unity of Consciousness14. What is the Unity of Consciousness (with Tim Bayne)Appendix: Two-Dimensional Semantics