Significance of Consciousness by Charles Siewert
Look inside with Google Book Preview
Significance of Consciousness
By Charles Siewert

The Significance of Consciousness

By (author) See other recent books by Charles Siewert
Format: Hardback

Normal Price: $193.00
Your Price: $173.70 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $19.30! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $8.68 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available Available to Backorder, No Due Date for Supply



Significance of Consciousness by Charles Siewert

Book Description

Charles Siewert presents a distinctive approach to consciousness that emphasizes our first-person knowledge of experience and argues that we should grant consciousness, understood in this way, a central place in our conception of mind and intentionality. Written in an engaging manner that makes its recently controversial topic accessible to the thoughtful general reader, this book challenges theories that equate consciousness with a functional role or with the mere availability of sensory information to cognitive capacities. Siewert argues that the notion of phenomenal consciousness, slighted in some recent theories, can be made evident by noting our reliance on first-person knowledge and by considering, from the subject's point of view, the difference between having and lacking certain kinds of experience. This contrast is clarified by careful attention to cases, both actual and hypothetical, indicated by research on brain-damaged patients' ability to discriminate visually without conscious visual experience--what has become known as "blindsight." In addition, Siewert convincingly defends such approaches against objections that they make an illegitimate appeal to "introspection." Experiences that are conscious in Siewert's sense differ from each other in ways that only what is conscious can--in phenomenal character--and having this character gives them intentionality. In Siewert's view, consciousness is involved not only in the intentionality of sense experience and imagery, but in that of nonimagistic ways of thinking as well. Consciousness is pervasively bound up with intelligent perception and conceptual thought: it is not mere sensation or "raw feel." Having thus understood consciousness, we can better recognize how, for many of us, it possesses such deep intrinsic value that life without it would be little or no better than death.

Buy Significance of Consciousness book by Charles Siewert from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.


Book Details

ISBN: 9780691027241
ISBN-10: 0691027242
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Pages: 392
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 27-Jul-1998
Country of Publication: United States

Reviews

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Significance of Consciousness book by Charles Siewert and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review


Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by Charles Siewert close
»
BoomerangBooks.com.au close