The Nature of Consciousness

The Nature of Consciousness

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In The Nature of Consciousness, Mark Rowlands develops an innovative account of the nature of phenomenal consciousness, one that has significant consequences for attempts to find a place for it in the natural order. The most significant feature of consciousness is its dual nature: consciousness can be both the directing of awareness and that upon which awareness is directed. Rowlands offers a clear and philosophically insightful discussion of the main positions in this fast-moving debate, and argues that the phenomenal aspects of conscious experience are aspects that exist only in the directing of experience towards non-phenomenal objects, a theory that undermines reductive attempts to explain consciousness in terms of what is not conscious. His book will be of interest to a wide range of readers in the philosophy of mind and language, psychology and cognitive more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 152 x 224 x 20mm | 399.16g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0521039479
  • 9780521039475
  • 1,217,136

Review quote

'Enter The Nature of Consciousness, a book filled with scholarly argument, well-developed - but also well-defined - complex jargon, excellent critique of all the previous important works of the field (thought experiments included) and written by a philosophy lecturer. This book is required reading not only for those wanting to get to grips with what is going on in consciousness studies, but for those who are dissatisfied with the current accounts ...' Metapsychologyshow more

Table of contents

Preface; 1. The problem of phenomenal consciousness; 2. Consciousness and supervenience; 3. The explanatory gap; 4. Consciousness and higher-order experience; 5. Consciousness and higher-order thoughts; 6. The structure of consciousness; 7. What it is like; 8. Against objectualism II: mistakes about the way things seem; 9. Consciousness and representation; 10. Consciousness and the natural order; Bibliography; more

About Mark Rowlands

Mark Rowlands is Lecturer in Philosophy at University College, Cork. His publications include Supervenience and Materialism (1995), Animal Rights (1998), The Body in Mind (1999) and numerous journal more