The Nature of Consciousness: Philosophical Debates
Ned Joel Block, Owen J. Flanagan, Güven Güzeldere
MIT Press, 1997 - Philosophy - 843 pages
"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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The Stream of Consciousness 71 Consciousness
The Cartesian Theater and Filling 11 Visual Perception and Visual
The Robust Phenomenology
CONSCIOUSNESS SCIENCE Edoardo Bisiach
Prospects for a Unified Theory of Tim Shallice
Can Neurobiology Teach Us 15 Consciousness and Content
The Where Martin Davies
Begging the Question against 18 Sensation and the Content
The Identity Thesis 445 36 What Mary Didnt Know
A Question about Consciousness 461 38 What Experience Teaches
The Inverted Spectrum
The Intrinsic Quality of Experience
Curse of the Qualia
On a Confusion about a Function
The Cognitive Basis 32 What Is It Like to Be a Bat?
FaUacies or Analyses? 425 Problem?
Two Kinds of Consciousness 427 34 On Leaving Out What Its Like
Understanding the Phenomenal VHI THE KNOWLEDGE
What Is Consciousness?
Consciousness as Internal
Is Consciousness the Perception