The Problem of Consciousness: New Essays in Phenomenological Philosophy of Mind

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Evan Thompson
University of Calgary Press, 2003 - Philosophy - 221 pages
Contributors to the latest Canadian Journal of Philosophy Supplementary Volume, The Problem of Consciousness, make connections regarding what is consciousness and how it is related to the natural world. The essays in this volume address this question from the perspective of phenomenological philosophy of mind, a new trend that integrates phenomenology, analytic philosophy, and cognitive science. The guiding principle of this new thinking is that precise and detailed phenomenological accounts of subjective experience are needed if significant progress is to be made in understanding consciousness and its place in the natural world. From this standpoint, the essays collected here explore a variety of nuances concerning consciousness, including time consciousness, perception, schizophrenia, empathy, and intersubjectivity. Also addressed are fascinating methodological issues about the relationship between phenomenology and other approaches to understanding the mind in science and philosophy.

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Evan Thompson is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at York University, where he holds a Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Science and the Embodied Mind. He is the author of Colour Vision: A Study in Cognitive Science and The Philosophy of Perception (Routledge 1995) and co-author of The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience (MIT Press, 1991). He is the author of numerous articles in philosophy of mind and cognitive science.

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