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The Nature of Consciousness Philosophical Debates

Intended for anyone attempting to find their way through the large and confusingly interwoven philosophical literature on consciousness, this reader brings together most of the principal texts in philosophy (and a small set of related key works in neuropsychology) on consciousness through 1997, and includes some forthcoming articles. Its extensive coverage strikes a balance between seminal works of the past few decades and the leading edge of philosophical research on consciousness. As no other anthology currently does, The Nature of Consciousness provides a substantial introduction to the field, and imposes structure on a vast and complicated literature, with sections covering stream of consciousness, theoretical issues, consciousness and representation, the function of consciousness, subjectivity and the explanatory gap, the knowledge argument, qualia, and monitoring conceptions of consciousness. Of the 49 contributions, 18 are either new or have been adapted from a previous publication.

Table of Contents

    • Preface and Acknowledgments
    • Sources
    • Introduction: The Many Faces of Consciousness: A Field Guide    1
    • 1    The Stream of Consciousness    71
    • 2    The Cartesian Theater and “Filling In” the Stream of Consciousness    83
    • 3    The Robust Phenomenology of the Stream of Consciousness    89
    • 4    Prospects for a Unified Theory of Consciousness or, What Dreams Are Made Of    97
    • 5    Consciousness, Folk Psychology, and Cognitive Science    111
    • 6    Can Neurobiology Teach Us Anything about Consciousness?    127
    • 7    Time and the Observer: The Where and When of Consciousness in the Brain    141
    • 8    Begging the Question against Phenomenal Consciousness    175
    • 9    Time for More Alternatives    181
    • 10    Contrastive Phenomenology: A Thoroughly Empirical Approach to Consciousness    187
    • 11    Visual Perception and Visual Awareness after Brain Damage: A Tutorial Overview    203
    • 12    Understanding Consciousness: Clues from Unilateral Neglect and Related Disorders    237
    • 13    Modularity and Consciousness    255
    • 14    Towards a Neurobiological Theory of Consciousness    277
    • 15    Consciousness and Content    295
    • 16    Externalism and Experience    309
    • 17    A Representational Theory of Pains and Their Phenomenal Character    329
    • 18    Sensation and the Content of Experience: A Distinction    341
    • 19    Conscious Inessentialism and the Epiphenomenalist Suspicion    357
    • 20    On a Confusion about a Function of Consciousness    375
    • 21    The Path Not Taken    417
    • 22    Availability: The Cognitive Basis of Experience?    421
    • 23    Fallacies or Analyses?    425
    • 24    Two Kinds of Consciousness    427
    • 25    Understanding the Phenomenal Mind: Are We All Just Armadillos? Part II: The Absent Qualia Argument    435
    • 26    The Identity Thesis    445
    • 27    Reductionism and the Irreducibility of Consciousness    451
    • 28    A Question about Consciousness    461
    • 29    Finding the Mind in the Natural World    483
    • 30    Breaking the Hold: Silicon Brains, Conscious Robots, and Other Minds    493
    • 31    The First-Person Perspective    503
    • 32    What Is It Like to Be a Bat?    519
    • 33    Can We Solve the Mind-Body Problem?    529
    • 34    On Leaving Out What It’s Like    543
    • 35    Understanding the Phenomenal Mind: Are We All Just Armadillos? Part I: Phenomenal Knowledge and Explanatory Gaps    559
    • 36    What Mary Didn’t Know    567
    • 37    Knowing Qualia: A Reply to Jackson    571
    • 38    What Experience Teaches    579
    • 39    Phenomenal States    597
    • 40    Quining Qualia    619
    • 41    The Inverted Spectrum    643
    • 42    The Intrinsic Quality of Experience    663
    • 43    Inverted Earth    677
    • 44    Curse of the Qualia    695
    • 45    What Is Consciousness?    721
    • 46    A Theory of Consciousness    729
    • 47    Consciousness as Internal Monitoring    755
    • 48    Conscious Experience    773
    • 49    Is Consciousness the Perception of What Passes in One’s Own Mind?    789
    • References to Introduction    807
    • Suggested Readings compiled by Guven Guzeldere    817
    • Index    825