Consciousness and mental life

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By Statement Daniel N. Robinson
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Isbn10 0231141009
Isbn13 9780231141000
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Languages /languages/eng
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Lc Classifications B105.C477 R63 2008
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Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. [211]-231) and index
Number Of Pages 243
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Pagination ix, 243 p. ;
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Publish Country nyu
Publish Date 2008
Publish Places New York
Publishers Columbia University Press
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Subjects Consciousness
Cognitive neuroscience
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Table Of Contents The Greeks (again) and the "consciousness" problem
The problem of consciousness "solved"
"Cartesianism" revisited
Higher-order thought : a machine in the ghost
Motives, desires, and fulfillment
Plans : an epilogue
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Consciousness and mental life
Authors Daniel N. Robinson
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Categories Philosophy
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Description In recent decades, issues that reside at the center of philosophical and psychological inquiry have been absorbed into a scientific framework variously identified as "brain science," "cognitive science," and "cognitive neuroscience." Scholars have heralded this development as revolutionary, but a revolution implies an existing method has been overturned in favor of something new. What long-held theories have been abandoned or significantly modified in light of cognitive neuroscience? Consciousness and Mental Life questions our present approach to the study of consciousness and the way modern discoveries either mirror or contradict understandings reached in the centuries leading up to our own. Daniel N. Robinson does not wage an attack on the emerging discipline of cognitive science. Rather, he provides the necessary historical context to properly evaluate the relationship between issues of consciousness and neuroscience and their evolution over time. Robinson begins with Aristotle and the ancient Greeks and continues through to René Descartes, David Hume, William James, Daniel Dennett, John Searle, Richard Rorty, Hilary Putnam, and Derek Parfit. Approaching the issue from both a philosophical and a psychological perspective, Robinson identifies what makes the study of consciousness so problematic and asks whether cognitive neuroscience can truly reveal the origins of mental events, emotions, and preference, or if these occurrences are better understood by studying the whole person, not just the brain. Well-reasoned and thoroughly argued, Consciousness and Mental Life corrects many claims made about the success of brain science and provides a valuable historical context for the study of human consciousness.
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Page Count 243
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Published Date 2008
Publisher Columbia University Press
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