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Thinking about Consciousness

David Papineau


Elaborates a materialist view of consciousness. The central thesis of the book is that while conscious states are material, we humans have two quite different ways of thinking about them. We can think about them materially, as normal parts of the material world, but we can also think about them phenomenally, as states that feel a certain way. These two modes of thought refer to the same items in reality, but at a conceptual level they are distinct. By focusing on the special structure of phenomenal concepts, David Papineau is able to expose the flaws in the standard arguments against materiali ... More

Keywords: antimaterialism, consciousness, dualism, materialism, mind, David Papineau, phenomenal concepts, philosophy of mind, physicalism, science of consciousness, vagueness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199243822
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199243824.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Papineau, author
King's College London
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