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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press (February 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674062140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674062146
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is nothing quite like this book available. Noë is a highly original thinker and very bold in the way he propounds his views, which range widely over topics in the theory of perception and cognition. He is selling a new way of thinking about perception and thought—and doing it very much in his own way. This book is extremely interesting and will be a source of ideas for readers with various interests. (Paul Snowdon, University College London)

By making present the philosophy in art and the art in philosophy, Noë reveals the many ways the world shows up for us thanks to our consciousness being a kind of skillful understanding. Philosophers especially, but also artists, historians, and scientists, will find new insights on every page of this passionate and profound reflection on human experience. (Evan Thompson, University of Toronto)

About the Author

Alva Noë is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

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Alva Noe is an author and philosopher based in New York City and Berkeley, California.

He is the author of Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness (Hill and Wang, 2009), Action In Perception (MIT 2004), as well as Varieties of Presence, which was published by Harvard University Press in February 2012.

Alva Noe is a professor of philosophy at the University of California, in Berkeley, where he is also a member of the Center for New Media and the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences.

Noe blogs weekly at NPR's 13.7: Culture and Cosmos (www.npr.org/13.7) -- on topics ranging from cognitive science to baseball -- and he is Philosopher-in-Residence with the Forsythe Company (a dance company based in Frankfurt, Germany).

He is now at work on a book on art and human nature.

Alva Noe is a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow.

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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Christian on November 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
this is a must read, if you would like to understand the human mind! but beware that it wont be easy especially if youve being reading books by ramachandran, steven pinker and the like, that use the brain as the sole perceiver, this guy is a thinker! i also suggest aping mankind by raymond tallis, so you can understand the problem better.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. C. Talbott on December 8, 2013
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This is a good introduction to Noe's ideas, which challenge our understanding of the difference between thinking and doing. "Consciousness is not something that happens to us, but something we make." These ideas illuminate both that our consciousness is less or different than we imagine, but still capable, even powerful, when properly understood.
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