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The Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Consciousness


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Preface List of Contributors Introduction: Philosophy of Consciousness, Dale Jacquette Part I: Historical Development 2. The Hard Problem of Understanding Descartes on Consciousness - Katherine Morris 3. Brentano's Aristotelian Concept of Consciousness - Liliana Albertazzi 4. Wittgenstein and the Concept of Consciousness - Garry L. Hagberg 5. 'Ordinary' Consciousness - Julia Tanney Part II: Groundbreaking Concepts of Consciousness 6. Consciousness, Representation and the Hard Problem - Keith Lehrer 7. The Knowledge Argument and Two Interpretations of 'Knowing What it's Like' - Daniel Stoljar 8. Conscious and Unconscious Mental States - Richard Fumerton 9. Higher-Order Theories of Consciousness - Rocco Gennaro 10. Kripke on Mind-Body Identity - Scott Soames Part III: Metaphilosophy of Consciousness Studies 11. Understanding Consciousness by Building It - Michael Graziano and Taylor W. Webb 12. The Illusion of Conscious Thought - Peter Caruthers 13. Actualism About Consciousness Reaffirmed - Ted Honderich 14. Cracking the Hard Problem of Consciousness - Dale Jacquette Part IV: Mental Causation, Natural Law, and Intentionality of Conscious States 15. Towards Axiomatizing Consciousness - Selmer Bringsjord and Paul Bello 16. Intentionality and Consciousness - Carlo Ierna 17. Cognitive Approaches to Phenomenal Consciousness - Peter Mandik 18. Free Will and Consciousness - Alfred Mele 19. Notes Toward a Metaphysics of Mind - Joseph Margolis Part V: Resources 20. Annotated Bibliography 21. Research Resources 22. A-Z of Key Terms and Concepts

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Leading philosophers of mind present an authoritative and practical overview to past, present and future research in the philosophy of consciousness.

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Dale Jacquette is Senior Professorial Chair in Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Bern, Switzerland.


This set of rich essays provides ample evidence that, contrary to the claims of some, consciousness has not yet been fully explained! From the common-sensical to the historical and the analytic, and from zombies, to robots, to bats--these diverse and provocative essays provide a variety of vectors by which to approach the meaning and the actuality of consciousness. -- Douglas Anderson, Professor of Philosophy, University of North Texas, USA
This first anthology devoted solely to the problem of consciousness is breathtakingly comprehensive, accessible, and enlightening. Jacquette has assembled a diverse group of seminal thinkers from many different traditions to address the issues surrounding the central problem in the philosophy of mind: What is consciousness? Their insights are original, their writing, engaging, and their contributions promise to influence future research for years to come. -- Theodore Schick, Jr., Professor of Philosophy, Muhlenberg College, USA
It is a wise editor who would say, "There is thankfully no party line philosophically in consciousness studies." This is attractively evident in Dale Jacquette's choice of authors, several of whom first attained their philosophical reputations in areas of no close link to the puzzles of consciousness. In some areas of study, the same handful of authors, representing such rival positions as their chance to be, show up repeatedly in handbooks and conference proceedings. They are, in a way, closed-shop enterprises, offering little in the way of innovation or growth. Consciousness is different. Its philosophy is a Gold Rush, in which new paradigms are launched and claims are staked, as this excellent Companion refreshingly attests. -- John Woods, Director of The Abductive Systems Group and The UBC Honorary Professor of Logic, University of British Columbia, Canada

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