The Conscious Mind : In Search of a Fundamental Theory
What is consciousness? How do physical processes in the brain give rise to the self-aware mind and to feelings as profoundly varied as love or hate, aesthetic pleasure or spiritual yearning? David J. Chalmers unveils a major new theory of consciousness, one that rejects the prevailing reductionist trend of science, while offering provocative insights into the relationship between mind and brain. Writing in a thought-provoking style, Chalmers proposes that conscious experience must be understood as an irreducible entity similar to such physical properties as time, mass, and space that exists at a fundamental level and cannot be understood as the sum of its parts. Engaging and penetrating, this book adds a fresh new perspective to the subject that is sure to spark debate about our understanding of the mind for years to come.
- Paperback | 432 pages
- 154.94 x 236 x 30mm | 724.99g
- 03 Feb 2006
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- Revised ed.
Other books in this series
a startling first book an outstanding contribution to our understanding of consciousness * Steven Pinker * Eloquent, fiendishly clever ... One of the best science books of the year. * Sunday Times *
About David J. Chalmers
David J. Chalmers is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Table of contents
I. PRELIMINARIES ; II. THE IRREDUCIBILITY OF CONSCIOUSNESS ; III. TOWARD A THEORY OF CONSCIOUSNESS ; IV. APPLICATIONS