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Raw Feeling : A Philosophical Account of the Essence of Consciousness - Robert Kirk

Raw Feeling

A Philosophical Account of the Essence of Consciousness

Paperback Published: 13th January 1994
ISBN: 9780198240815
Number Of Pages: 260

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Consciousness is a perennial source of mystification in the philosophy of mind - how can processes in the brain amount to conscious experiences? Robert Kirk uses the notion of "raw feeling" to bridge the intelligibility gap between our knowledge of ourselves as physical organisms and our knowledge of ourselves as subjects of experience. He argues that there is no need for recourse to dualism or private mental objects. The task is to understand how the truth about raw feeling could be "strictly implied" by narrowly physical truths. Kirk's explanation turns on an account of what it is to be a subject of conscious perceptual experience. He offers analyses of the problems of cnsciousness, and suggests novel solutions which, unlike their rivals, can be accepted without gritting one's teeth. His sustained defence of non-reductive physicalism shows that the reader need not abandon hope of finding a solution to the mind-body problem. Robert Kirk is the author of "Translation Determined".

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`Much of Raw Feeling is technical in character and impossible to do justice to in a brief review.' The Times Literary Supplement

Prefacep. v
Raw Feeling and the Intelligibility Gapp. 1
Is the Notion Sound?p. 30
Strict Implication and the Swiss Cheese Principlep. 71
Perceptual Informationp. 106
Conscious Subjectsp. 136
The Character of Raw Feelingp. 175
The Gap Has Been Bridgedp. 210
Bibliographyp. 239
Indexp. 245
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ISBN: 9780198240815
ISBN-10: 0198240813
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 13th January 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.46