Zombies and Consciousness by Robert Kirk
Look inside with Google Book Preview
Zombies and Consciousness
By Robert Kirk

Zombies and Consciousness

By (author) See other recent books by Robert Kirk
Format: Paperback

Normal Price: $67.95
Your Price: $61.16 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $6.80! (10% off normal price)
Plus...earn $3.06 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available Available to Backorder, No Due Date for Supply



Zombies and Consciousness by Robert Kirk

Book Description

By definition zombies would be physically and behaviourally just like us, but not conscious. This currently very influential idea is a threat to all forms of physicalism, and has led some philosophers to give up physicalism and become dualists. It has also beguiled many physicalists, who feel forced to defend increasingly convoluted explanations of why the conceivability of zombies is compatible with their impossibility. Robert Kirk argues that the zombie idea depends on an incoherent view of the nature of phenomenal consciousness. His book has two main aims. One is to demolish the zombie idea once and for all. There are plenty of objections to it in the literature, but they lack intuitive appeal. He offers a striking new argument which reveals fundamental confusions in the implied conception of consciousness. His other main contribution is to develop a fresh and original approach to the true nature of phenomenal consciousness. Kirk argues that a necessary condition is a 'basic package' of capacities. An important component of his argument is that the necessary cognitive capacities are not as sophisticated as is often assumed. By focusing on humbler creatures than ourselves he avoids some of the distracting complications of our sophisticated forms of cognition. The basic package does not seem to be sufficient for phenomenal consciousness. What is also needed is 'direct activity' - a special feature of the way the events which constitute incoming perceptual information affect the system. This is an integrated process, to be conceived of holistically, and contrasts sharply with what is often called the 'availability' or 'poisedness' of perceptual information. This original, penetrating, and highly readable book will be of interest to all who have a serious concern with the nature of consciousness: not only professional philosophers and students, but also many psychologists and neuroscientists.

Buy Zombies and Consciousness book by Robert Kirk from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.


Book Details

ISBN: 9780199229802
ISBN-10: 0199229805
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 15mm)
Pages: 248
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 15-Nov-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions...


Books By Author Robert Kirk

Conceptual Link from Physical to Mental by Robert Kirk Conceptual Link from Physical to Mental, Hardback (January 2013)

How are truths about physical and mental states related? Robert Kirk articulates and defends 'redescriptive physicalism'-a fresh approach to the connection between the physical and the mental, which answers the problems that mental causation has traditionally raised for other non-reductive views.

IFRS: A Quick Reference Guide by Robert Kirk IFRS: A Quick Reference Guide, Paperback (October 2008)

Tells about how companies are applying the key principles in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). This book covers the key points of each standard and links that with actual practice.

Secret Commonwealth by Robert Kirk Secret Commonwealth, Paperback (November 2006)

The legendary chronicle of the supernatural that inspired Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott.

Zombies and Consciousness by Robert Kirk Zombies and Consciousness, Hardback (November 2005)

Argues that the zombie idea reflects a fundamentally mistaken way of thinking about consciousness. This book out both to show why there couldn't be zombies, and to present an argument about the true nature of conscious experience.

» View all books by Robert Kirk

Reviews

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Zombies and Consciousness book by Robert Kirk 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 Robert Kirk close
Conceptual Link from Physical to Mental by Robert Kirk
IFRS: A Quick Reference Guide by Robert Kirk
Secret Commonwealth by Robert Kirk
Zombies and Consciousness by Robert Kirk
International Financial Reporting Standards in Depth by Robert Kirk
Intellectual Capital by Robert Kirk
Relativism and Reality by Robert Kirk
Relativism and Reality by Robert Kirk
Raw Feeling by Robert Kirk
Raw Feeling by Robert Kirk
»
BoomerangBooks.com.au close