Philosophers on Consciousness

Talking about the Mind

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Talking about the Mind

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We know, more intimately than anything else, what it's like to undergo a rich world of experiences: agonizing pains, dizzying pleasures, heady rage and existential doubts. But, despite the incredible advances of physical science, it seems that we're no closer to an explanation of how this inner world of experiences comes about. No matter how detailed our description of the physical brain, perhaps we'll always be left with this same question: how and why does the brain produce consciousness?

This book is a short, accessible and engaging guide to the mystery of consciousness. Featuring remastered interviews and original essays from the world's leading thinkers, Philosophers on Consciousness sheds new light on the most promising theories in philosophy and science. Beyond understanding the mind, this is a journey into personal identity, the origin of meaning, the nature of morality and the fundamental structure of reality.

Contributors include: Miri Albahari, Susan Blackmore, David Chalmers, Patricia Churchland, Daniel Dennett, Keith Frankish, Philip Goff, Frank Jackson, Casey Logue, Gregory Miller, Michelle Montague, Massimo Pigliucci and Galen Strawson.

Table of Contents

1. Why Consciousness Matters, Gregory Miller
2. The Grand Illusion, Susan Blackmore
3. The Hard Problem, David Chalmers
4. A Change of Heart, Frank Jackson
5. The Given, Michelle Montague
6. A Biologist's Perspective, Massimo Pigliucci
7. The Hornswoggle Problem, Patricia Churchland
8. Illusionism, Keith Frankish
9. Closing the Theatre, Daniel Dennett
10. The Denial, Galen Strawson
11. Galileo's Error, Philip Goff
12. The World as Consciousness, Miri Albahari & Jack Symes
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Published Feb 10 2022
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 184
ISBN 9781350190412
Imprint Bloomsbury Academic
Illustrations 5 bw illus
Dimensions 9 x 5 inches
Series Talking about Philosophy
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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