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Consciousness and its Objects - Colin McGinn

Consciousness and its Objects

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Colin McGinn presents his latest work on consciousness in ten interlinked essays, four of them previously unpublished.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 also investigates the basis of our knowledge that there is a mind-body problem, and the bearing of this on attempted solutions. McGinn goes on to discuss the status of first-person authority, the possibility of atomism with respect to consciousness, extreme dualism, and the role of non-existent objects in constituting intentionality. He argues that traditional claims about our knowledge of our own mind and of the external world can be inverted; that atomism about the conscious mind might turn out to be true; that dualism is more credible the more extreme it is; and that all intentionality involves non-existent objects. These are all surprising positions, but he contends that what the philosophy of mind needs now is 'methodological radicalism' - a willingness to consider new and seemingly extravagant ideas.

Introduction 1: What Constitutes the Mind-Body Problem? 2: How Not to Solve the Mind-Body Problem 3: Solving the Philosophical Mind-Body Problem 4: What Is It Not Like to be a Brain? 5: Consciousness and Space 6: Consciousness, Atomism, and the Ancient Greeks 7: Consciousness and Cosmology: Hyperdualism Ventilated 8: The Problem of Philosophy 9: Inverted First-Person Authority 10: The Objects of Intentionality

ISBN: 9780199267606
ISBN-10: 019926760X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 25th April 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 14.0  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.32