The Nature of Consciousness: Philosophical Debates

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Ned Joel Block, Owen J. Flanagan, Güven Güzeldere
MIT Press, 1997 - Philosophy - 843 pages
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"Anyone possessing a well-thumbed pop Dennett or Penrose will covet this handsome "textbook."
-- "New Scientist" Intended for anyone attempting to find their way through the large and confusingly interwoven philosophical literature on consciousness, this reader brings together most of the principal texts in philosophy (and a small set of related key works in neuropsychology) on consciousness through 1997, and includes some forthcoming articles. Its extensive coverage strikes a balance between seminal works of the past few decades and the leading edge of philosophical research on consciousness.

As no other anthology currently does, "The Nature of Consciousness" provides a substantial introduction to the field, and imposes structure on a vast and complicated literature, with sections covering stream of consciousness, theoretical issues, consciousness and representation, the function of consciousness, subjectivity and the explanatory gap, the knowledge argument, qualia, and monitoring conceptions of consciousness. Of the 49 contributions, 18 are either new or have been adapted from a previous publication.

Contributors: David Armstrong. Ned Block. Tyler Burge. David Chalmers. Jennifer Church. Patricia Churchland. Paul Churchland. Martin Davies. Daniel Dennett. Fred Dretske. Owen Flanagan. Alvin Goldman. Gü ven Gü zeldere. Gilbert Harman. Frank Jackson. William James. Marcel Kinsbourne. Joseph Levine. David Lewis. Brian Loar. William Lycan. Colin McGinn. Thomas Nagel. Christopher Peacocke. Georges Rey. David Rosenthal. John Searle. Sydney Shoemaker. Michael Tye. Robert van Gulick. Stephen White.

  

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Contents

The Stream of Consciousness 71 Consciousness
187
The Cartesian Theater and Filling 11 Visual Perception and Visual
203
The Robust Phenomenology
237
CONSCIOUSNESS SCIENCE Edoardo Bisiach
255
Prospects for a Unified Theory of Tim Shallice
277
Can Neurobiology Teach Us 15 Consciousness and Content
295
The Where Martin Davies
329
Begging the Question against 18 Sensation and the Content
341
The Identity Thesis 445 36 What Mary Didnt Know
567
A Question about Consciousness 461 38 What Experience Teaches
579
Phenomenal States
597
EX QUALIA
619
The Inverted Spectrum
643
The Intrinsic Quality of Experience
663
Inverted Earth
677
Curse of the Qualia
695

On a Confusion about a Function
375
The Cognitive Basis 32 What Is It Like to Be a Bat?
519
FaUacies or Analyses? 425 Problem?
529
Two Kinds of Consciousness 427 34 On Leaving Out What Its Like
543
Understanding the Phenomenal VHI THE KNOWLEDGE
555
What Is Consciousness?
721
Consciousness as Internal
755
Conscious Experience
773
Is Consciousness the Perception
789
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Güven Güzeldere is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Duke University. He is coeditor (with Ned Block and Owen Flanagan) of The Nature of Consciousness: Philosophical and Scientific Debates (MIT Press, 1998) and a founding associate editor of Psyche: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Consciousness.

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