The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness

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  • Copyright: 2007-01-23
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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With fifty-five peer reviewed chapters written by the leading authors in the field, The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness is the most extensive and comprehensive survey of the study of consciousness available today. Provides a variety of philosophical and scientific perspectives that create a breadth of understanding of the topic Topics include the origins and extent of consciousness, different consciousness experiences, such as meditation and drug-induced states, and the neuroscience of consciousness

Author Biography

Max Velmans has a Personal Chair in Psychology at the University of London and is currently Emeritus Professor at Goldsmiths College. He has around 80 publications on consciousness including Understanding Consciousness (2000), which was shortlisted for the British Psychological Society book of the year award in 2001 and 2002. Other publications include The Science of Consciousness: Psychological, Neuropsychological and Clinical Reviews (1996), Investigating Phenomenal Consciousness: New Methodologies and Maps (2000), and How Could Conscious Experiences Affect Brains? (2003). He was a co-founder and, from 2004 to 2006, Chair of the Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society.

Susan Schneider is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. She focuses on issues involving the philosophy of cognitive science and, in particular, the plausibility of computational theories of mind and theoretical issues in artificial intelligence. She also has authored numerous articles in metaphysics.

Editorial Board:
Science of Consciousness: Jeffrey Gray, John Kihlstrom, Phil Merikle, Stevan Harnad
Philosophy of Consciousness: Ned Block, David Chalmers, José Bermúdez, Brian McLaughlin, George Graham

Table of Contents

List of figures and tablesp. ix
Notes on contributorsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Problems of Consciousnessp. 7
A brief history of the scientific approach to the study of consciousnessp. 9
Philosophical problems of consciousnessp. 23
The Domain of Consciousnessp. 37
Origins and Extent of Consciousnessp. 39
Consciousness in infantsp. 41
Animal consciousnessp. 58
Rethinking the evolution of consciousnessp. 72
Machine consciousnessp. 87
Some Varieties of Conscious Experiencep. 99
Normal and abnormal states of consciousnessp. 101
Affective consciousnessp. 114
Clinical pathologies and unusual experiencesp. 130
Altered states of consciousness: drug-induced statesp. 141
Meditationp. 154
Mystical experiencep. 163
Breakdowns and the Unity of Consciousnessp. 173
The case of blindsightp. 175
Split-brain casesp. 181
Philosophical psychopathology and self-consciousnessp. 194
Coming together: the unity of conscious experiencep. 209
Some Contemporary Theories of Consciousnessp. 223
The hard problem of consciousnessp. 225
The global workspace theory of consciousnessp. 236
The intermediate level theory of consciousnessp. 247
Representationalism about consciousnessp. 261
Higher-order theories of consciousnessp. 277
The information integration theory of consciousnessp. 287
Quantum mechanical theories of consciousnessp. 300
Daniel Dennett on the nature of consciousnessp. 313
Biological naturalismp. 325
Mysterianismp. 335
Dualism, reductionism, and reflexive monismp. 346
Naturalistic dualismp. 359
Some Major Topics in the Philosophy of Consciousnessp. 369
Anti-materialist arguments and influential repliesp. 371
Functionalism and qualiap. 381
The knowledge argumentp. 396
The causal efficacy of consciousnessp. 406
The neurophilosophy of consciousnessp. 418
Type materialism for phenomenal consciousnessp. 431
Sensory and perceptual consciousnessp. 445
Self-consciousnessp. 456
Consciousness and intentionalityp. 468
Major Topics in the Science of Consciousnessp. 485
Topics in the Cognitive Psychology of Consciousnessp. 487
Attention and consciousnessp. 489
Inattentional blindness, change blindness, and consciousnessp. 504
Preconscious processingp. 512
Implicit and explicit memory and learningp. 525
Consciousness of actionp. 540
Topics in the Neuroscience of Consciousnessp. 551
Methodologies for identifying the neural correlates of consciousnessp. 553
A neurobiological framework for consciousnessp. 567
A theory of micro-consciousnessp. 580
Global disorders of consciousnessp. 589
Large-scale temporal coordination of cortical activity as a prerequisite for conscious experiencep. 605
Duplex vision: separate cortical pathways for conscious perception and the control of actionp. 616
Consciousness and anesthesiap. 628
Neural dominance, neural deference, and sensorimotor dynamicsp. 640
Benjamin Libet's work on the neuroscience of free willp. 657
First-Person Contributions to the Science of Consciousnessp. 671
Cognition, fringe consciousness, and the legacy of William Jamesp. 673
Phenomenological approaches to consciousnessp. 686
Eastern methods for investigating mind and consciousnessp. 697
An epistemology for the study of consciousnessp. 711
List of useful web resources in consciousness studiesp. 726
Name Indexp. 729
Subject Indexp. 735
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