The Constitution of Phenomenal Consciousness

Toward a science and theory

Steven M. Miller | Monash University
ISBN 9789027213594 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027268785 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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Philosophers of mind have been arguing for decades about the nature of phenomenal consciousness and the relation between brain and mind. More recently, neuroscientists and philosophers of science have entered the discussion. Which neural activities in the brain constitute phenomenal consciousness, and how could science distinguish the neural correlates of consciousness from its neural constitution? At what level of neural activity is consciousness constituted in the brain and what might be learned from well-studied phenomena like binocular rivalry, attention, memory, affect, pain, dreams and coma? What should the science of consciousness want to know and what should explanation look like in this field? How should the constitution relation be applied to brain and mind and are other relations like identity, supervenience, realization, emergence and causation preferable? Building on a companion volume on the constitution of visual consciousness (AiCR 90), this volume addresses these questions and related empirical and conceptual territory. It brings together, for the first time, scientists and philosophers to discuss this engaging interdisciplinary topic.
[Advances in Consciousness Research, 92] 2015.  viii, 473 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“This is the book for those of us who care about the scientific and philosophical debates, and associated empirical experiments, triggered by introduction twenty years ago of the concept of the 'neural correlates of consciousness'. It shows how this simple idea has evolved into something much more sophisticated and refined. The volume represents true progress in the scientific study of consciousness and on the ancient mind-body dilemma!”
“Miller has assembled a wonderful collection for anyone who wants an introduction or refresher on consciousness studies from both scientific and philosophic perspectives. Old hands and new faces combine for a comprehensive overview that also advances the debates in numerous ways.”
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Consciousness Research

Consciousness research

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JMM: Physiological & neuro-psychology, biopsychology

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PSY020000: PSYCHOLOGY / Neuropsychology
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