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Varieties of Presence

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The world shows up for us--it is present in our thought and perception. But, as Alva Noë contends in his latest exploration of the problem of consciousness, it doesn't show up for free. The world is not simply available; it is achieved rather than given. As with a painting in a gallery, the world has no meaning--no presence to be experienced--apart from our able engagement

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Hardcover, 1st edition, 174 pages
Published March 12th 2012 by Harvard University Press (first published February 6th 2012)
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the gift
Oct 04, 2014 the gift rated it really liked it
reading this more or less at the same time as book introducing Heidegger, book on Habermas- this one most difficult, mostly because I have read much on hd and can follow it, and hb is political philosophy so do not expect to understand... this is more the practice of (analytic?) philosophy. this is often connecting it to what already feels familiar to me, of all the other continental Phil. his idea of senses as 'achievement' and of 'sensorimotor' sounds familiar. could follow some, but when he ...more
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Mar 27, 2016 Peter Wheelwright rated it really liked it
Noë gets better w/ each book. More lucid and relaxed...only wish he'd swap out the tomato analogue for a better fruit.
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Beautifully written. It's so hard to find such an accessible yet top-notch philosophy writing nowadays.
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