The Character of Consciousness

The Character of Consciousness What is consciousness How does the subjective character of consciousness fit into an objective world How can there be a science of consciousness In this sequel to his groundbreaking and controversial

  • Title: The Character of Consciousness
  • Author: David J. Chalmers
  • ISBN: 9780195311105
  • Page: 389
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What is consciousness How does the subjective character of consciousness fit into an objective world How can there be a science of consciousness In this sequel to his groundbreaking and controversial The Conscious Mind, David Chalmers develops a unified framework that addresses these questions and many others Starting with a statement of the hard problem of consciousWhat is consciousness How does the subjective character of consciousness fit into an objective world How can there be a science of consciousness In this sequel to his groundbreaking and controversial The Conscious Mind, David Chalmers develops a unified framework that addresses these questions and many others Starting with a statement of the hard problem of consciousness, Chalmers builds a positive framework for the science of consciousness and a nonreductive vision of the metaphysics of consciousness He replies to many critics of The Conscious Mind, and then develops a positive theory in new directions The book includes original accounts of how we think and know about consciousness, of the unity of consciousness, and of how consciousness relates to the external world Along the way, Chalmers develops many provocative ideas the consciousness meter, the Garden of Eden as a model of perceptual experience, and The Matrix as a guide to the deepest philosophical problems about consciousness and the external world This book will be required reading for anyone interested in the problems of mind, brain, consciousness, and reality.

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    About “David J. Chalmers

    • David J. Chalmers

      David J Chalmers is a philosopher at the Australian National University Officially Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Centre for Consciousness, and an ARC Federation Fellow Works in the philosophy of mind and in related areas of philosophy and cognitive science and is especially interested in consciousness and in philosophical issues about meaning and possibility, in the foundations of cognitive science and of physics, and of other things.



    869 thoughts on “The Character of Consciousness

    • David Chalmers' The Conscious Mind was a hard act to follow, even for David Chalmers himself. Thus for those who know Chalmers work already there are no new bombshells in this new collection of essays. Here he responds to critiques of his "Two Dimensional" semantic framework and the zombie argument of the previous book. The zombie argument goes as follows: It's conceivable in a sense that a life awake human body could be atom for atom identical with mine and yet lack consciousness, perception, s [...]


    • This work of Chalmers is more accessible and readable than even his first work" the conscious mind". It updates the conscious minds argument that consciousness is something beyond physicalism and expands and builds upon the work of the conscious mind to get more descriptive and develop this line of reasoning further. I am not going to say that Chalmers views will prevail but I am sympathetic to them. The book gives a good picture of the nonmaterialistic basis for a theory of consciousness and ad [...]


    • The only book in Anglo-American philosophy that attempts to give an honest and complete account of consciousness. Very thorough and rigorous. Very compelling arguments concerning the metaphysics of consciousness that undermine the conventional materialist accounts. Chalmers is the most important thinker in the field of consciousness studies and this book is the most important book.


    • Some portions of the book I did read through carefully and others (The Matrix essay) I skipped entirely. If you have read the conscious mind (1995) by Chalmers, then I would maybe suggest reading this book as it goes through the same issues brought up in the conscious mind and he does differ in opinion on certain aspects of consciousness.Good read.


    • Essentially, David Chalmers lays out the best arguments against materialism, which is the belief that only matter exists, and that everything in the universe (including consciousness) can be explained in terms of physical processes. It's definitely not a 'popular philosophy' book. Large parts of it are very detailed indeed, and I found myself skipping whole sections. Nonetheless it is interesting, and Chalmers comes across as a very balanced and objective thinker.


    • Some of the clearest, most rigorous writing on the metaphysics of consciousness, and philosophy of mind in general - Chalmers isenomenal!




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