Ignorance and Imagination
The Epistemic Origin of the Problem of Consciousness
By (author) Daniel Stoljar
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Ignorance and Imagination by Daniel Stoljar
Book DescriptionIgnorance and Imagination advances a novel way to resolve the central philosophical problem about the mind: how it is that consciousness or experience fits into a larger naturalistic picture of the world. The correct response to the problem, Stoljar argues, is not to posit a realm of experience distinct from the physical, nor to deny the reality of phenomenal experience, nor even to rethink our understanding of consciousness and the language we use to talk about it. Instead, we should view the problem itself as a consequence of our ignorance of the relevant physical facts. Stoljar shows that this change of orientation is well motivated historically, empirically, and philosophically, and that it has none of the side effects it is sometimes thought to have. The result is a philosophical perspective on the mind that has a number of far-reaching consequences: for consciousness studies, for our place in nature, and for the way we think about the relationship between philosophy and science.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195306583
(244mm x 163mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 15-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Daniel Stoljar
Introspection and Consciousness, Hardback (August 2012)
Until recently, questions in epistemology and the philosophy of mind were pursued largely in isolation from one another. This volume aims to integrate these two lines of research by bringing together fourteen new essays and one reprinted essay on the relationship between introspection, self-knowledge, and consciousness.
Physicalism, Paperback (February 2010)
Physicalism, the thesis that everything is physical, is one of the most important yet divisive problems in philosophy. In this superb introduction to the problem, this title focuses on three fundamental questions: the interpretation, truth and philosophical significance of physicalism.
There's Something About Mary, Paperback (December 2004)» View all books by Daniel Stoljar
Key papers on one of the most important and provocative thought experiments in philosophy of mind.
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Author Biography - Daniel Stoljar
Daniel Stoljar was educated as an undergraduate at the University of Sydney, and received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is currently Senior Fellow in the Philosophy Program, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University. He lives in Canberra with his wife Helen Keane and their two sons.
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