The View from Within: First-person Approaches to the Study of Consciousness

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Imprint Academic, 1999 - Philosophy - 313 pages
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Over the last decade there has been a resurgence of interest in the scientific study of consciousness -- an area that has been largely ignored since the time of William James. This renaissance has primarily been stimulated by developments in PET, fMRI and other brain-scanning technology that enable scientists to pinpoint the neural correlates of conscious experience with ever-increasing accuracy. However, the study of conscious experience itself has not kept pace with these advances in third-person methodologies. If anything, the standard approaches to examining the 'view from within' involve little more than cataloging its readily accessible components. Thus the study of lived subjective experience is still at the level of Aristotelian science. This has led many to deny that there could possibly be such a thing as a truly scientific study of conscious experience, or at least to ask: can one be objective about the subjective? Drawing on a wide range of approaches -- from phenomenology to meditation -- THE VIEW FROM WITHIN examines the possibility of a disciplined approach to the study of subjective states. The focus is on the practical issues involved.

 

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Contents

Editors Introduction
1
Introspection
17
Claire PetitmenginPeugeot The Intuitive Experience
43
Natalie Depraz The Phenomenological Reduction as Praxis
95
Francisco J Varela PresentTime Consciousness
111
Jean Naudin et al The Use of the Husserlian Reduction
155
Jonathan Shear and Ron Jevning
189
James H Austin Six Points to Ponder
213
William Lyons On the Metaphysics of Introspection
244
Eduard Marbach Building Materials for the Explanatory Bridge
252
Ian Owen and Neil Morris The Husserlian Phenomenology of Consciousness
269
JeanFrancois Richard Object Limits and Function of Consciousness
276
Rachel Henley Distinguishing Insight from Intuition
287
Schwartz Mental Force and the Advertence of Bare Attention
293
Max Velmans Intersubjective Science
299
Francisco J Varela and Jonathan Shear Editors Rejoinder to the Debate
307

David Galin Separating Firstpersonness From the Other Problems
222
Shaun Gallagher A Cognitive Way to the Transcendental Reduction
230
William S Haney II Pure Consciousness and Cultural Studies
238
About Authors
314
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Shear is Affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Virginia Commonwealth University and Managing Editor of the Journal of Consciousness Studies.

Francisco Varela is Director of Research at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique and Professor of Cognitive Science and Epistemology, CREA, at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris.

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