Reflections on the Problem of Consciousness
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Reflections on the Problem of Consciousness

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ISBN-13:
9781402043093
Einband:
Buch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.02.2006
Seiten:
186
Autor:
Errol E. Harris
Gewicht:
458 g
Format:
234x156x13 mm
Serie:
3, Studies in Brain and Mind
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Tackles a philosophical problem which (apart from a few instances in the history of philosophy) has not been dealt with before
Preface.- I: The Crucial Question Mind, Brain and Body.- II: Dennett and Descartes.- III: A Natural Method.- IV: Descartes s Error and Spinoza s Truth.- V: The Dynamic Brain.- VI: Guidance from Past Insights.- VII: The Conditions of Consciousness.- VIII: Who or What Thinks?.- IX: Towards a Solution.- Appendix The Theory of Emergence and Contemporary Criticism.- Bibliography. Index.
The essential and most puzzling problem of consciousness is how the electro-chemical activity constantly occurring in the brain translates into the conscious experience we enjoy. Neither neuro-scientists nor psychologists nor philosophers have so much as tackled this problem head-on, (despite many claims to the contrary) let alone solved it. In this study, Errol Harris considers the attempts that have been made by several important neuro-scientists and philosophers to address the question, and he makes his own suggestions as to how it might be approached with the best prospect of intelligibility.