Purple Haze : The Puzzle of Consciousness
Conscious experience presents a deep puzzle. On the one hand, a fairly robust materialism must be true in order to explain how it is that conscious events causally interact with non-conscious, physical events. On the other hand, we cannot explain how physical phenomena give rise to conscious experience. In this wide-ranging study, Joseph Levine explores both sides of the mind-body dilemma, presenting the first book-length treatment of his highly influential ideas on the "explanatory gap," the fact that we can't explain the nature of phenomenal experience in terms of its physical realization. He presents a careful argument that there is such a gap, and, after providing intriguing analyses of virtually all existing theories of consciousness, shows that recent attempts to close it fall short of the mark. Levine concludes that in the foreseeable future consciousness will remain a mystery.
- Hardback | 214 pages
- 161 x 240.3 x 19.1mm | 476.28g
- 18 Jan 2001
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
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Purple Haze deserves the close attention of professional philosophers , but it could also be used with great success as a text. It is a superb piece of work. Wow! Mind Clear, well motivated, and insightful ... the book breaks new ground in a number of areas, in some cases advancing far beyond the ideas and lines of thought that are available elsewhere in the contemporary literature ... a splendid book. Levine deserves thanks and congratulations for writing it. Mind The entire book proves how clear and systematic are Levine's arguments in dealing with even as highly intractable an issue as the mystery of consciousness ... I recommend the book to anyone who is interested in the problem of consciousness. Though the recent popularity of consciousness studies has produced an increase in books on the topic, I find few more provocative and well-written than Levine's Purple Haze. Yujin Nagasawa, Australian National University, Australasian Journal of Philosophy Levine's new book represents a clear advance in the debate: a lucid statement of what it is that might worry materialists about consciousness ... One of the best accounts of the materialist problem to date. Tim Crane, Times Literary Supplement
About Joseph Levine
Joseph Levine is Professor of Philosophy at The Ohio State University.