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Consciousness and Its Objects
Colin McGinn presents his latest work on consciousness in ten interlinked essays, four of them previously unpublished. He extends and deepens his controversial solution to the mind-body problem, defending the view that consciousness is both ontologically unproblematic and epistemologically impenetrable. He discusses the status of first-person authority; argues that all int ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published March 25th 2004)
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This collection of papers presents a distinct take on the mind/body problem. McGinn suggests that this problem is a conceptual one, because we haven't developed the proper conceptual framework to address it. We are biased by our tendency to identify physical objects in space (indeed!), and so we try to explain our conscious experience (mind) through the biology of the brain (neurochemical circuitry). According to McGinn, we need a revised concept of space in order to understand the mind (which m ...more
Colin McGinn is a British philosopher currently working at the University of Miami. McGinn has also held major teaching positions at Oxford University and Rutgers University. He is best known for his work in the philosophy of mind, though he has written on topics across the breadth of modern philosophy. Chief among his works intended for a general audience is the intellectual memoir The Making of ...moreMore about Colin McGinn