The big question used to be How can physical matter give rise to life? Now it is, How can physical matter give rise to consciousness? From that other questions, such as are animanls conscious? or can machines be conscious?, all begin to tumble out. This cross-section of philosophical works consider questions related to consciousness. One section considers what it might feel like to have one's brain cells replaced, one by one, by computer "chips", and another looks at the development of conscious robots. There is also a bibliography on consciousness in philosophy, cognitive science and brain research since 1975, consisting of over 1000 entries.
- Hardback | 576 pages
- 152 x 229 x 38mm | 953g
- 01 Sep 1999
- IMPRINT ACADEMIC
- Exeter, United Kingdom
- illustrations, bibliography; illustrations, bibliography
Table of contents
Conceptual foundations; sceptical accounts; consciousness and the physical world; the knowledge argument; qualia; consciousness and higher-order states; information-processing and neurobiological approaches; artificial consciousness.
'The best concerted voice to date from the philosophers' camp.' Susan Greenfield, Times Higher Education Supplement
About Thomas Metzinger
Contributors include Ansgar Beckermann, Peter Bieri, David Chalmers, Pat Churchland, Daniel Dennett, Rick Grush, Robert Van Gulick, Guven Guzeldere, Robert Kirk, Martin Kurthen, Joseph Levine, William Lycan, Colin McGinn, Norton Nelkin, Martine Nida-Rumelin, David Papineau, David Rosenthal, Diana Raffman, Georges Rey, Eva Ruhnau, Michael Tye and Kathy Wilkes.