"Strawson had me immediately running a high fever... he gives so many of my cherished 'materialist' assumptions a hard time... I panic at the very thought of what he would have to say about my paraphrase."(T.J. Clark ARTFORUM)
"The book is very rich... It is very rare for a book with this sort of format to be so complete a success, or so much fun to read... If you want an idea of just how hard the hard problem is, and just how strange things can look when you face its hardness without flinching, this is the right book to read."(Jerry Fodor London Review of Books)
"The final essay is an impressive piece of work, setting out 36 metaphysical and four epistemological theses, and in reframing Descartes as a fellow panpsychist rather than a substance dualist."(Scientific and Medical Network)
"Essential reading for anyone interested in the hard problem... a testimony to Strawson's standing on the problem of consciousness."(Christian Onof Journal of Mind & Behavior)
"Bold and provocative... Strawson defends and develops his position while adding a historical dimension... unusually interesting reading."(Barry Dainton Times Literary Supplement)
About the Author
Galen Strawson currently holds the President's Chair in Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin.