Consciousness and the World by Brian O'Shaughnessy
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Consciousness and the World
By Brian O'Shaughnessy

Consciousness and the World

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Consciousness and the World by Brian O'Shaughnessy

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Brian O'Shaughnessy presents a bold original theory of consciousness, one of the most fascinating but puzzling aspects of human existence. He investigates what consciousness is and how it engages, through perception, with the world. Whatever mystery there may be about origins of consciousness, O'Shaughnessy suggests that there is no mystery about what it is. It is his contention that consciousness consists in a closely knit complex of occurrent mental phenomena and powers with thinking and self-knowledge at the centre - and nothing else. He proceeds to give a philosophical elucidation of its nature, analysing it into its constituent psychological parts. He argues that consciousness has a determinate character as an internal but world-oriented phenomenon, and that there exist logically necessary and sufficient conditions for its presence. Though consciousness is an internal state, perception is its very foundation, being the source of the material with which the mind develops, and essential to the processes whereby it does so. O'Shaughnessy continues with an extended summary of the phenomena of perception and attention, examining their their component elements and their relations with consciousness and with the world. He demonstrates how close to the heart of consciousness is perception, envisaged already in the very concept. Perception is portrayed as a journey of the attention from the raw date of the senses outwards into physical reality, The different modes of sensory perception are analysed in turn, to give a full picture of how the mind opens out onto its environment and assembles for itself a representation of outer reality. So it is that the gap is closed between the mental and physical domains, and the epistemological basis of mind is established. Consciousness and the World is a rich and exciting book, a major contribution to our understanding of the mind.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199256723
ISBN-10: 0199256721
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 37mm)
Pages: 716
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 2-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Brian O'Shaughnessy

Brian O'Shaughnessy is Emeritus Reader in Philosophy at King's College London.

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