You can read four articles free per month. To have complete access to the thousands of philosophy articles on this site, please Debate Introducing Consciousness David Papineau and Ted Honderich recently locked horns at Borders Bookstore in London, in a debate organised by Philosophy For All and Philosophy Now. Both of them have written and published extensively on consciousness and are well-known figures in this debate. Or are you? I think; I dream; I enjoy listening to music; and I experience particular sensations when I see particular colours.
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This one tackles the difficult riddle of consciousness that has been puzzling philosophers and scientists for centuries. The British philosopher Colin McGinn puts it in a brief yet striking question: How can technicolour phenomenology arise from soggy grey matter?.
In other words, how can chemicophysical processes inside our brain which is not very different from digestion inside our stomach bring about the inner movie of our conscious mind? These two Another of these Graphic Guide books. These two things seem to have very little in common indeed. Philosophers have been hitting a brick wall with this debate since Aristotle , Descartes , Leibniz and Berkeley , by way of Hegel , Schopenhauer , Bergson and Husserl , down to present time neuroscientists.
This little book lays out the different arguments around this question. On the one hand, the dualist position, held today by David Chalmers and others, who believe that consciousness is different than matter.
On the other, the materialists Daniel Dennett et al. In the main, a pretty nice albeit disjointed overview on the subject, leaving aside a few other and more recent discussions, like the extended mind thesis Chalmers , the metaphysical problems of teleportation Dennett or the refreshing idealistic approach of Donald Hoffman redux of Berkeley and Kant , with a dash of Darwin.
Reason enough to give up on this book series altogether if you ask me. So much for graphic guides, ugh!