The Constitution of Phenomenal Consciousness: Toward a science and theory (Advances in Consciousness Research 92)

The Constitution of Phenomenal Consciousness: Toward a science and theory (Advances in Consciousness Research 92)

By: Steven M. Miller (editor)Hardback

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Philosophers of mind have been arguing for decades about the nature of phenomenal consciousness and the relation between brain and mind. More recently, neuroscientists and philosophers of science have entered the discussion. Which neural activities in the brain constitute phenomenal consciousness, and how could science distinguish the neural correlates of consciousness from its neural constitution? At what level of neural activity is consciousness constituted in the brain and what might be learned from well-studied phenomena like binocular rivalry, attention, memory, affect, pain, dreams and coma? What should the science of consciousness want to know and what should explanation look like in this field? How should the constitution relation be applied to brain and mind and are other relations like identity, supervenience, realization, emergence and causation preferable? Building on a companion volume on the constitution of visual consciousness (AiCR 90), this volume addresses these questions and related empirical and conceptual territory. It brings together, for the first time, scientists and philosophers to discuss this engaging interdisciplinary topic.


1. Acknowledgments; 2. The constitution of visual and phenomenal consciousness: An introduction (by Miller, Steven M.); 3. The scientific study of consciousness; 4. Theories and methods in the scientific study of consciousness (by Klink, P. Christiaan); 5. The scientific study of coma and related states (by Charland-Verville, Vanessa); 6. De-confounding the neural constitution of phenomenal consciousness from attention, report and memory (by Boxtel, Jeroen J.A. van); 7. The correlation/constitution distinction problem: Foundations, limits and explanation in consciousness science (by Miller, Steven M.); 8. The neural correlates of consciousness: Causes, confounds and constituents (by Hohwy, Jakob); 9. On the various neural correlates of consciousness: Are they distinguishable? (by Graaf, Tom A. de); 10. On why the unconscious prerequisites and consequences of consciousness might derail us from unraveling the neural correlates of consciousness (by Aru, Jaan); 11. The neuroevolutionary sources of mind: The ancestral constitution of affective consciousness and the core-SELF (by Panksepp, Jaak); 12. The future of consciousness science: From empirical correlations to theoretical explanation (by Revonsuo, Antti); 13. Philosophy of mind; 14. The philosophy of phenomenal consciousness: An introduction (by Drayson, Zoe); 15. The philosophy of mind needs a better metaphysics (by Mahner, Martin); 16. The scientific evidence for materialism about pains (by Melnyk, Andrew); 17. The status of consciousness in nature (by Brogaard, Berit); 18. Identity over time, constitution and the problem of personal identity (by Curtis, Benjamin L.); 19. Constitution, realization and identity: Empirical implications for three theories of the metaphysics of consciousness (by Keaton, Douglas); 20. Correlation, causation, constitution: On the interplay between the science and philosophy of consciousness (by Kozuch, Benjamin P.); 21. The material constitution of phenomenal consciousness (by Pereboom, Derk); 22. Material constitution, the neuroscience of consciousness, and the temporality of experience (by Curtis, Benjamin L.); 23. The structure of phenomenal consciousness (by Opie, Jonathan P.); 24. Index

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  • ISBN13: 9789027213594
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 473
  • ID: 9789027213594
  • weight: 1000
  • ISBN10: 9027213593

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