The Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Consciousness

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Dale Jacquette
Bloomsbury Publishing, Jan 25, 2018 - Philosophy - 504 pages
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From Descartes and Cartesian mind-body dualism in the 17th century though to 21st-century concerns about artificial intelligence programming, The Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Consciousness presents a compelling history and up-to-date overview of this burgeoning subject area.

Acknowledging that many of the original concepts of consciousness studies are found in writings of past thinkers, it begins with introductory overviews to the thought of Descartes through to Kant, covering Brentano's restoration of empiricism to philosophical psychology and the major figures of the late 19th and early 20th centuries: Russell, Wittgenstein, Ryle and James. These opening chapters on the forces in the history of consciousness lay the groundwork needed to understand how influential contemporary thinkers in the philosophy of mind interpret the concept of consciousness.

Featuring leading figures in the field, Part II discusses current issues in a range of topics progressing from the so-called hard problem of understanding the nature of consciousness, to the methodology of invoking the possibility of philosophical zombies and the prospects of reductivism in philosophy of mind. Part III is dedicated to new research directions in the philosophy of consciousness, including chapters on experiment objections to functionalism and the scope and limits of artificial intelligence.

Equipped with practical research resources including an annotated bibliography, a research guide and a glossary, The Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Consciousness is an authoritative guide for studying the past, present and future of consciousness.
 

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Contents

Contributors
Historical Development
Mental Causation Natural Law and Intentionality of Conscious States
The Hard Problem of Understanding Descartes on Consciousness Katherine
Brentanos Aristotelian Concept of Consciousness Liliana Albertazzi
Wittgenstein and the Concept of Consciousness Garry L Hagberg
Consciousness Representation and the Hard Problem Keith Lehrer
Understanding Consciousness by Building It Michael Graziano and Taylor
The Illusion of Conscious Thought Peter Carruthers
Toward Axiomatizing Consciousness Selmer BringsjordPaul Bello and Naveen Sundar Govindarajulu
Intentionality and Consciousness Carlo Ierna 17 Cognitive Approaches to Phenomenal Consciousness Pete Mandik 18 Free Will and Consciousness A...
Resources 20 Annotated Bibliography 21 Research Resources
AZ Key Terms and Concepts
Index
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Dale Jacquette is Senior Professorial Chair in Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

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