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The Nature of Consciousness: Philosophical Debates Hardcover – May 1, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0262023993 ISBN-10: 0262023997 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Bradford Books
  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; 1 edition (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262023997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262023993
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,600,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Almost everyone agrees that we possess consciousness, but as this book demonstrates, that's where the agreement ends. What can we say about the mind without fear of contradiction? Not much, and that's how the study of consciousness stands out from other scientific and philosophical endeavors--the field's great minds argue cogently with little common ground, and nothing is safe from questioning.

For the adventurous and thoughtful reader, this is a paradise on the frontiers of knowledge. The Nature of Consciousness presumes a basic familiarity with science and philosophy, as well as a willingness to think and read carefully. With articles by such bright lights as Daniel Dennett, John Searle, Patricia Smith Churchland, and even the great William James, it provides both a comprehensive overview of the field and in-depth analyses of such issues as the mind-body problem and how we can study a phenomenon that may not be observed directly. It is best read as an update on Western scientific and philosophical replies to one of the great questions: Who are we? Given the universal appeal of such a question, the reader will undoubtedly find much within to challenge, puzzle, frustrate, and delight. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The Nature of Consciousness brings together 50 essays, mostly reprinted from other sources, and mostly by philosophers, on the problems of consciousness. The book contains a long, highly readable introduction by Guven Guzeldere and divides into ten sections on such subjects as the metaphysics of consciousness, consciousness and content (ie mental representation) and consciousness and science. One hundred pages are devoted to some useful survey articles from the psychological and neuropsychological literature. Many of the articles will be familiar to those working in the field, but they are helpfully arranged here, with responses and counter-responses following on from key articles. Without doubt, this is the biggest, and best, anthology of writings on the philosophy of consciousness available. It will be an invaluable resource for scholars and research students. -- Tim Crane, Times Higher Education Supplement, JAN. 30, 1998

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Camara on June 30, 2002
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This book is easy to review, and a no-brainer for people interested on consicousness studies. It is quite simply the most complete anthology on the philosophy of consciousness out there. Papers from William James, to Dennett, Searle, Block, Naegel, and over 50 others. Qualia, explanatory gaps, zombies, inverted qualia, some scientific papers, one of the best intoductions to the field out there.....700+ pages of consciousness, consciousness, consciousness....this is essential reading, and having for anyopne interested in philosophy of mind, and scientists of mind too...the fastest way to familiarize with the vast literature on the subject. The table of contents is reason enough to buy this book, and I will not bore you with more.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jihwan Myung on August 16, 2000
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It's a thick book and has lots of stuffs in it. Nearly all of most important philosophical works on consciousness in recent years are brought together in this single volume. Naturally, this is a textbook for graduate-level courses in cognitive science or philosophy of mind. And makes a quite nice source book for those who want to further their studies in artifical intelligence.
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This 1997 book contains an amazing and diverse collection of essays, articles and excerpts, from such philosophy of mind "heavyweights" as Daniel Dennett [Consciousness Explained]], Owen Flanagan [Consciousness Reconsidered], Patricia Churchland [Neurophilosophy], Ned Block [Readings in Philosophy of Psychology, Volume I], Bernard Baars [In the Theater of Consciousness: The Workspace of the Mind], Francis Crick [Astonishing Hypothesis], David Chalmers [The Conscious Mind], John Searle [The Mystery of Consciousness], Thomas Nagel, David Lewis, David Rosenthal, etc.

The Preface states, "These are exciting times for thinking about consciousness, and this book represents the cornerstones of contemporary philosophical thinking on the subject.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Leigha on January 9, 2012
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This book was a present and it shipped soon after I placed the order and came to me right on time.
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