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A Dialogue on Consciousness Paperback – January 13, 2009

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (January 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195375297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195375299
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Alter and Howell's dialogue starts by making the basic puzzles of consciousness vivid and accessible. By the end it has led readers through a grand tour of many of the most central issues in the area, bringing them close to the leading edge of current thought. Alter and Howell have both made significant contributions to this area themselves, so their discussion is philosophically rich. At the same time, it is a pleasure to read."--David Chalmers, Director, Centre for Consciousness, Australian National University, and author of The Conscious Mind


"A Dialogue on Consciousness is an elegant discussion of the problem of consciousness that would be appropriate for courses in the philosophy of mind and for generic introductions to philosophy. Once I began reading, I was hooked."--John Heil, Washington University in St Louis


"I plan to use A Dialogue on Consciousness in my philosophy of mind course. It will engage the students and provide an excellent overview of the main issues, the main positions on them, and the main lines of argument."--Alfred Mele, William H. and Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy, Florida State University


About the Author

Torin Alter is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from U.C.L.A. . Robert J. Howell is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Southern Methodist University. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Brown University.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Figdor on June 1, 2009
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This book is really an impressive achievement. In six chapters -- just like Descartes' Meditations, which I'm sure is not by accident -- Alter and Howell present contemporary philosophical debates on consciousness in a way that introductory-level students can understand but without condescending in the least. The going gets harder towards the end, but no one said consciousness was easy. And I do mean contemporary: this is stuff that philosophers of mind are actually debating now, using the concepts they actually use (all explained very clearly), pointing the reader towards the original sources, and, probably most important, giving due attention to theories of consciousness that are not reductive-materialist. A&H also break up the arguments with totally off-the-wall interludes -- a brilliant touch, both funny and sophisticated. I expect to be using this book myself in a future class in philosophy of mind. Disclosure: I know both co-authors through professional channels. While it's certain that I would not have posted a review if I thought the book was only so-so (or worse), it's up to other readers to determine if my opinion is justified.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Ferris on March 22, 2009
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This short dialogue on the philosophy of mind is as engaging and accessible as it is achieved. In the course of a short hundred or so pages, Alter and Howell take the reader through the history of a beguiling problem that, with advanced technology and increased attention, becomes thornier every day. There is rigorous philosophical investigation here, starting with Descartes and carrying through to the more intractable questions posed by today's leading, and increasingly technical, thinkers in the field. But there's never a moment of unnecessary obscurity or tendentiousness throughout, and in the end, Alter and Howell ask nothing less admirable or ambitious than what it means, at the core, to be a thinking human. A Dialogue on Consciousness is an engaging start for the beginner student and a great survey for the already initiated. Highly recommended.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Brad J. Thompson on March 12, 2009
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This short and entertaining book is a fantastic introduction to the philosophical problems concerning consciousness. The focus of the book, as well as most contemporary philosophical work on consciousness, is the question of whether or not consciousness can be physically explained. The reader will encounter most of the major philosophical challenges to physicalism, from Descartes' conceivability argument to Jackson's knowledge argument, along with various rejoinders on behalf of physicalism. Well-known problems for dualism, such as the problem of mental causation, are also given careful discussion. The use of humor and the dialogue format is incredibly effective. The book is disarmingly easy to read, despite the fact that it discusses some very sophisticated contemporary issues in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind (such as, for example, causal overdetermination or the nature of phenomenal concepts).

I have used this book with great success in upper-level philosophy of mind courses. But given the way the book makes complex ideas approachable, I think this book could also be used in introductory courses in philosophy. It also makes an ideal introduction to these issues for the non-academic reader who is curious about one of the "big problems" in philosophy.
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This book covers some very hard to grasp concepts in the field of philosophy of mind, but presents them in a totally accessible way. Plus, it's humorous. A great read that was hard to put down.
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