The Character of Consciousness

The Character of Consciousness

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What is consciousness? How does the subjective character of consciousness fit into an objective world? How can there be a science of consciousness? In this sequel to his groundbreaking and controversial The Conscious Mind, David Chalmers develops a unified framework that addresses these questions and many others. Starting with a statement of the "hard problem" of consciousness, Chalmers builds a positive framework for the science of consciousness and a nonreductive vision of the metaphysics of consciousness. He replies to many critics of The Conscious Mind, and then develops a positive theory in new directions. The book includes original accounts of how we think and know about consciousness, of the unity of consciousness, and of how consciousness relates to the external world. Along the way, Chalmers develops many provocative ideas: the "consciousness meter", the Garden of Eden as a model of perceptual experience, and The Matrix as a guide to the deepest philosophical problems about consciousness and the external world. This book will be required reading for anyone interested in the problems of mind, brain, consciousness, and reality.show more

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  • Hardback | 624 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 38.1mm | 1,020.58g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195311108
  • 9780195311105
  • 2,003,262

About David J. Chalmers

David J. Chalmers is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Consciousness at the Australian National University. He is the author of THE CONSCIOUS MIND (OUP 1996), PHILOSOPHY OF MIND: Classic and Contemporary Readings (OUP 2002), and editor of the OUP series PHILOSOPHY OF MINDshow more

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the papers collected here exemplify all the virtues that we have come to expect from Chalmerss work ... Throughout, he is strikingly resourceful in articulating and defending his views. * Stephan Leuenberger, Australasian Journal of Philosophy *show more

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; AFTERWORD: FROM "MOVING FORWARD ON THE PROBLEM OF CONSCIOUSNESS"; II. THE SCIENCE OF CONSCIOUSNESS; AFTERWORD: FIRST-PERSON DATA AND FIRST-PERSON SCIENCE; III. THE METAPHYSICS OF CONSCIOUSNESS; AFTERWORD: OTHER ANTI-MATERIALIST ARGUMENTS; IV. CONCEPTS OF CONSCIOUSNESS; V. THE CONTENTS OF CONSCIOUSNESS; AFTERWORD: THE TWO-DIMENSIONAL CONTENTS OF PERCEPTION; AFTERWORD: PHILOSOPHICAL NOTES; VI. THE UNITY OF CONSCIOUSNESS; APPENDIX: TWO-DIMENSIONAL SEMANTICSshow more

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