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The problem of explaining consciousness today depends on the meaning of language: the ordinary language of consciousness in which we define and express our sensations, thoughts, dreams and memories. Paul Livingston argues that this contemporary problem arises from a quest that developed over the twentieth century, and that historical analysis provides new resources for understanding and resolving it. Accordingly, Livingston traces the application of characteristic practices of analytic philosophy to problems about the relationship of experience to linguistic meaning.Read more
- Unique use of the history of analytic philosophy to cast light on consciousness
- Accessible enough to be used as a graduate coursebook
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"It would be amiss not to commend Philosophical History and the Problem of Consciousness for its deft description of the details and differentiations of the various analytic theories of mind and its adroit articulation of the methodological and theoretical tenets of analytic accounts of consciousness." Majid Amini, Virginia State University
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- Date Published: November 2009
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521122672
- length: 296 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
- weight: 0.44kg
- availability: Manufactured on demand: supplied direct from the printer
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: philosophical history and the problem of consciousness
2. Structuralism and content in the protocol sentence debate
3. Husserl and Schlick on the logical form of experience
4. Ryle on sensation and the origin of the identity theory
5. Functionalism and logical analysis
6. Consciousness, language, and the opening of philosophical critique.
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