The Character of Consciousness

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Oxford University Press, USA, Sep 30, 2010 - Psychology - 624 pages
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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 these questions 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 a positive 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 Garden of Eden as a model of perceptual experience, and The Matrix as a guide to the deepest philosophical problems about consciousness and the external world.

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User Review  - Robert Bell - Goodreads

Some of the clearest, most rigorous writing on the metaphysics of consciousness, and philosophy of mind in general - Chalmers is...phenomenal! Read full review

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User Review  - Mark Derderian - Goodreads

The only book in Anglo-American philosophy that attempts to give an honest and complete account of consciousness. Very thorough and rigorous. Very compelling arguments concerning the metaphysics of ... Read full review


II The Science of Consciousness
III The Metaphysics of Consciousness
IV Concepts of Consciousness
V The Contents of Consciousness
VI The Unity of Consciousness
TwoDimensional Semantics
Subject Index
Name Index

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David J. Chalmers is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Consciousness at Australian National University and New York University. He is the author of The Conscious Mind, Philosophy of Mind: Classic and Contemporary Readings, and editor of the OUP series Philosophy of Mind.

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