How can one investigate phenomenal consciousness? As in other areas of science, the investigation of consciousness aims for a more precise knowledge of its phenomena, and the discovery of general truths about their nature. This requires the development of appropriate first-person, second-person and third-person methods. This book introduces some of the creative ways in which these methods can be applied to different purposes, e.g. to understanding the relation of consciousness to brain, to examining or changing consciousness as such, and to understanding the way consciousness is influenced by social, clinical and therapeutic contexts. To clarify the strengths and weaknesses of different methods and to demonstrate the interplay of methodology and epistemology, the book also suggests a number of "maps" of the consciousness studies terrain that place different approaches to the study of consciousness into a broader, interdisciplinary context. (Series A).
1. Acknowledgements; 2. Contributors; 3. 1: An Introduction to Investigating Phenomenal Consciousness (by Velmans, Max); 4. Part 1A: Combining First- and Third-Person Methods; 5. 2: Current Methods of Investigation in Neuroscience (by Fenwick, Peter); 6. 3: The Experimental Investigation of Unconscious Conflict, Unconscious Affect, and Unconscious Signal Anxiety (by Shevrin, Howard); 7. 4: A Psychoanalytic Contribution to Contemporary Neuroscience (by Solms, Mark); 8. Part 1B: Re-examining the Scope and Limits of First-Person Methods; 9. 5: Phenomenological Approaches to the Study of Conscious Awareness (by Stevens, Richard); 10. 6: The Gesture of Awareness: An Account of its Structural Dynamics (by Depraz, Nathalie); 11. Part 1C: Changing Conscious Experience; 12. 7: Transforming Conscious Experience (by Henry, Jane); 13. 8: Clinical implications of an intersubjective science (by Richardson, Janet); 14. 9: The Nature and Transformation of Consciousness in Eastern and Western Psychospiritual Traditions (by Fontana, David); 15. Part 2: Maps of Consciousness Studies; 16. 10: Modern Science and the Mind (by Scott, Alwyn); 17. 11: Social Construction and Consciousness (by Harre, Rom); 18. 12: Investigating Altered States of Consciousness on Their Own Terms: State-Specific Sciences (by Tart, Charles T.); 19. 13: Methods are a Message (by Pickering, John); 20. 14: An integral approach to consciousness research: a proposal for integrating first, second, and third person approaches to consciousness (by Wilber, Ken); 21. 15: A Psychologist 's Map of Consciousness Studies (by Velmans, Max); 22. Name Index; 23. Subject Index