Reference and Consciousness

Reference and Consciousness

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John Campbell investigates how consciousness of the world explains our ability to think about the world. So your ability to think about objects you can see depends on your capacity for conscious visual attention to those things. "Reference and Consciousness" illuminates classical problems about thought, reference and experience by looking at the underlying psychological mechanisms on which conscious attention depends.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 278 pages
  • 162 x 241 x 21mm | 549g
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 2 figures
  • 0199243808
  • 9780199243808

Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. Experiential Highlighting ; 2. What is Knowledge of Reference? ; 3. Space and Action ; 4. Sortals ; 5. Sense ; 6. The Relational View of Experience ; 7. The Explanatory Role of Consciousness ; 8. Joint Attention ; 9. Memory Demonstratives ; 10. The Anti-Realist Alternative ; 11. Indeterminacy and Inscrutability ; 12. Dispositional vs. Categorical ; Bibliography ; Index
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Review quote

This is important work which should be widely read. * The Philosophical Quarterly * ... this book is an exciting contribution to an area which urgently needs a new sense of direction. Campbell has opened up an original set of problems and has identified links between subjects that have been pursued independently, to the impoverishment of each. * The Philosophical Quarterly * This is the most striking and interesting of the long series of recent books on consciousness. Refreshingly, it has absolutely nothing to say about the philosophical preoccupations standard in this area. * The Philosophical Quarterly * Campbell has many important things to say about the mechanisms that relate perception to action, memory and our awareness of space. All readers will be able to learn from his treatment of these issues. * David Papineau, Times Literary Supplement *
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About John Campbell

John Campbell is Wilde Professor of Mental Philosophy at Oxford University.
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