Blockheads!: Essays on Ned Block's Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness

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Adam Pautz, Daniel Stoljar
MIT Press, Feb 12, 2019 - Philosophy - 648 pages
New essays on the philosophy of Ned Block, with substantive and wide-ranging responses by Block.

Perhaps more than any other philosopher of mind, Ned Block synthesizes philosophical and scientific approaches to the mind; he is unique in moving back and forth across this divide, doing so with creativity and intensity. Over the course of his career, Block has made groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of intelligence, representation, and consciousness. Blockheads! (the title refers to Block's imaginary counterexample to the Turing test—and to the Block-enthusiast contributors) offers eighteen new essays on Block's work along with substantive and wide-ranging replies by Block. The essays and responses not only address Block's past contributions but are rich with new ideas and argument. They importantly clarify many key elements of Block's work, including his pessimism concerning such thought experiments as Commander Data and the Nation of China; his more general pessimism about intuitions and introspection in the philosophy of mind; the empirical case for an antifunctionalist, biological theory of phenomenal consciousness; the fading qualia problem for a biological theory; the link between phenomenal consciousness and representation (especially spatial representation); and the reducibility of phenomenal representation. Many of the contributors to Blockheads! are prominent philosophers themselves, including Tyler Burge, David Chalmers, Frank Jackson, and Hilary Putnam.

Contributors
Ned Block, Bill Brewer, Richard Brown, Tyler Burge, Marisa Carrasco, David Chalmers, Frank Jackson, Hakwan Lau, Geoffrey Lee, Janet Levin, Joseph Levine, William G. Lycan, Brian P. McLaughlin, Adam Pautz, Hilary Putnam, Sydney Shoemaker, Susanna Siegel, Nicholas Silins, Daniel Stoljar, Michael Tye, Sebastian Watzl

 

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Contents

Themes in Ned Blocks Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness
1
1 Attention and Direct Realism
19
Reply to Bill Brewer
35
3 Psychological Content and Egocentric Indexes
41
4 Tyler Burge on Perceptual Adaptation
71
5 Attention Alters Appearance
79
Response to Marisa Carrasco
107
7 Three Puzzles about Spatial Experience
109
21 Could an Android Be Sentient
335
Reply to Brian McLaughlin
375
23 How Can Brains in Vats Experience a Spatial World? A Puzzle for Internalists
379
24 Arguments Pro and Con on Adam Pautzs External Directedness Principle
421
25 Na´ve Realism and Qualia
427
Reply to Hilary Putnam
451
27 Phenomenal Character and Physicalism
459
28 Sydney Shoemaker on Transparency and the Inverted Spectrum
481

8 David Chalmers on Shape and Color
139
9 Physicalism and the A Priori
145
10 Reply to Frank Jackson on A Priori Necessitation
167
11 The Emperors New Phenomenology? The Empirical Case for Conscious Experiences without FirstOrder Representations
171
Reply to Hakwan Lau and Richard Brown
199
13 Alien Subjectivity and the Importance of Consciousness
215
14 Geoff Lees Hegemony of the Third Person
243
15 Representational Exhaustion
247
Reply to Janet Levin
273
17 On Phenomenal Access
279
Reply to Joe Levine
301
19 Block and the Representation Theory of Sensory Qualities
307
Reply to Bill Lycan
327
29 Attention and Perceptual Justification
487
Reply to Nicholas Silins and Susanna Siegel
505
31 In Praise of Poise
511
Reply to Daniel Stoljar
537
The Importance of History to Phenomenology
545
A Response to Michael Tye
571
35 Can Representationism Explain How Attention Affects Appearances?
581
Reply to Sebastian Watzl
609
Bibliography of Ned Blocks Works
617
Contributors
629
Index
631
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Adam Pautz is Professor of Philosophy at Brown University.

Daniel Stoljar is Professor of Philosophy at Australian National University.

The Nature of Consciousness: Philosophical Debates (MIT Press, 1997).

Tyler Burge is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles.

William G. Lycan is Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Hilary Putnam was Walter Beverly Pearson Professor of Mathematical Logic at Harvard University.

Ten Problems of Consciousness (1995), Consciousness, Color, and Content (2000), and Consciousness and Persons (2003), all published by the MIT Press.

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