Ignorance and Imagination

Ignorance and Imagination : The Epistemic Origin of the Problem of Consciousness

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Ignorance and Imagination advances a novel way to resolve the central philosophical problem about the mind: how it is that consciousness or experience fits into a larger naturalistic picture of the world. The correct response to the problem, Stoljar argues, is not to posit a realm of experience distinct from the physical, nor to deny the reality of phenomenal experience, nor even to rethink our understanding of consciousness and the language we use to talk about it. Instead, we should view the problem itself as a consequence of our ignorance of the relevant physical facts, Stoljar shows that this change of orientation is well motivated historically, empirically, and philosophically, and that it has none of the side effects it is sometimes thought to have. The result is a philosophical perspective on the mind that has a number of far-reaching consequences: for consciousness studies, for our place in nature, and for the way we think about the relationship between philosophy and science.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 20mm | 340.19g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195383281
  • 9780195383287
  • 1,181,645

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I regard Ignorance and Imaginationi as an extremely valuable book. There is a great deal of contemporary interest among philosophers in the epistemic solution to the problem of consciousness. Stoljar explores this solution with care, clarity, and a great deal of ingenuity. Anybody who wants to be fully informed about the epistemic view should read this book. * David Papineau, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *show more

About Daniel Stoljar

Daniel Stoljar was educated as an undergraduate at the University of Sydney, and received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is currently Senior Fellow in the Philosophy Program, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University. He lives in Canberra with his wife Helen Keane and their two sons.show more

Table of contents

PART I: THE PROBLEM; PART II: THE PROPOSAL; PART III: THE ALTERNATIVESshow more

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