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The Character of Consciousness

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What is consciousness? How does the subjective character of consciousness fit into an objective world? How can there be a science of consciousness? In this sequel to his groundbreaking and controversial The Conscious Mind, David Chalmers develops a unified framework that addresses these questions and many others. Starting with a statement of the "hard problem" of conscious ...more
Hardcover, 624 pages
Published October 28th 2010 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2008)
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David Chalmers' The Conscious Mind was a hard act to follow, even for David Chalmers himself. Thus for those who know Chalmers work already there are no new bombshells in this new collection of essays. Here he responds to critiques of his "Two Dimensional" semantic framework and the zombie argument of the previous book.

The zombie argument goes as follows: It's conceivable in a sense that a life awake human body could be atom for atom identical with mine and yet lack consciousness, perception, s
Mark Derderian
The only book in Anglo-American philosophy that attempts to give an honest and complete account of consciousness. Very thorough and rigorous. Very compelling arguments concerning the metaphysics of consciousness that undermine the conventional materialist accounts. Chalmers is the most important thinker in the field of consciousness studies and this book is the most important book.
Robert Bell
Some of the clearest, most rigorous writing on the metaphysics of consciousness, and philosophy of mind in general - Chalmers is...phenomenal!
Frank Spencer
Heavy duty reading in some places

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Chalmers quote 1 1 Mar 31, 2013 04:55AM  
  • Intentionality: An Essay in the Philosophy of Mind
  • The Concept of Mind
  • The Recursive Mind: The Origins of Human Language, Thought, and Civilization
  • Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us About Morality
  • Matter and Consciousness: A Contemporary Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind
  • Action in Perception
  • Neuroscience and Philosophy: Brain, Mind, and Language
  • Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction
  • Being There: Putting Brain, Body, and World Together Again
  • Mind in Life: Biology, Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind
  • Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain
  • The Phenomenological Mind: An Introduction to Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science
  • Tree of Knowledge
  • The Mechanical Mind: A Philosophical Introduction to Minds, Machines, and Mental Representation
  • Phi: A Voyage from the Brain to the Soul
  • The Accidental Mind: How Brain Evolution Has Given Us Love, Memory, Dreams, and God
  • Ecology, Community and Lifestyle: Outline of an Ecosophy
  • Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist
David J. Chalmers is a philosopher at the Australian National University. Officially: Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Centre for Consciousness, and an ARC Federation Fellow. Works in the philosophy of mind and in related areas of philosophy and cognitive science and is especially interested in consciousness and in philosophical issues about meaning and possibility, in the foundations of c ...more
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