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The Metaphysics of Consciousness

The Metaphysics of Consciousness

Volume 67

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Galen Strawson, William Seager, Howard Robinson, Eduard Marbach, Geoffrey Madell, Brian P. McLaughlin, Leemon McHenry, Julian Kiverstein, Barry Dainton, David Cockburn, Stephen Clark, Pierfrancesco Basile, Kenneth Aizawa
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  • Date Published: September 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521173919

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  • What is consciousness? What is the place of consciousness in nature? These and related questions occupy a prominent place in contemporary studies in metaphysics and philosophy of mind, often involving complex interdisciplinary connections between philosophy, psychology, artificial intelligence, biology, and cognitive neuroscience. At the same time, these questions play a fundamental role in the philosophies of great thinkers of the past such as, among others, Plotinus, Descartes, Leibniz, Kant, William James, and Edmund Husserl. This new collection of essays by leading contemporary philosophers of mind and historians of philosophy seeks to address these questions from both a systematic and a theoretical perspective and to create a new and fruitful forum for future discussion. In the attempt to do justice to the richness of our mental life, the volume features in-depth examinations not solely of mainstream physicalist doctrines, but also of largely neglected positions such as Cartesian dualism, idealism, and panpsychism.

    • Pluralistic approach: the essays do not solely discuss well established positions such as materialistic physicalism, but offer in-depth examinations of usually neglected but still highly attractive views such as dualism and panpsychism
    • Papers written by major specialists in the field
    • Covers a wide spectrum of different but interrelated issues, allowing the reader to gain a synoptic view of the subject
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    • Date Published: September 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521173919
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Consciousness: don't give up on the brain Kenneth Aizawa
    2. It must be true - but how can it be? Some remarks on panpsychism and mental composition Pierfrancesco Basile
    3. How to become unconscious Stephen Clark
    4. Time in consciousness, consciousness in time David Cockburn
    5. Phenomenal holism Barry Dainton
    6. Making sense of phenomenal unity: an intentionalist account of temporal experience Julian Kiverstein
    7. Sprigge's ontology of consciousness Leemon McHenry
    8. The representational vs. the relational view of visual experience Brian P. McLaughlin
    9. The road to substance dualism Geoffrey Madell
    10. Is there a metaphysics of consciousness without a phenomenology of consciousness? Some thoughts derived from Husserl's philosophical phenomenology Eduard Marbach
    11. Quality, thought and consciousness Howard Robinson
    12. Concessionary dualism and physicalism William Seager
    13. Fundamental singleness: how to turn the 2nd paralogism into a valid argument Galen Strawson.

  • Editors

    Pierfrancesco Basile, University of Edinburgh
    Pauline Phemister is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. Her publications include The Rationalists: Descartes, Spinoza and Leibniz (2006) and Leibniz and the Natural World: Activity, Passivity and Corporeal Substances in the Philosophy of Leibniz (2005). She has published widely on topics in early modern philosophy, especially in the areas of metaphysics, ethics and mind-body relations.

    Julian Kiverstein, University of Edinburgh
    Julian Kiverstein is a Teaching Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. The author of a number of papers on consciousness, temporality and the self, he is also editing Heidegger and Cognitive Science (2010, with Michael Wheeler) and Decomposing the Will (2010, with Till Vierkant and Andy Clark).

    Pauline Phemister, University of Edinburgh
    Pierfrancesco Basile teaches Philosophy at the University of Bern, Switzerland. His publications include two books, Experience and Relations: An Examination of F. H. Bradley's Conception of Reality (1999) and Leibniz, Whitehead and the Metaphysics of Causation (2009), as well as several essays on issues in metaphysics, process thought, British idealism and early analytic philosophy.

    Contributors

    Galen Strawson, William Seager, Howard Robinson, Eduard Marbach, Geoffrey Madell, Brian P. McLaughlin, Leemon McHenry, Julian Kiverstein, Barry Dainton, David Cockburn, Stephen Clark, Pierfrancesco Basile, Kenneth Aizawa

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