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Consciousness

Frank Jackson

in The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780199234769
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199234769.003.0012

Series: OXFORD HANDBOOKS IN PHILOSOPHY

 Consciousness

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There is a difference between being conscious and being unconscious. This article focuses on that difference. Since the rise of interest in materialist or physicalist theories of mind, theorizing about consciousness has been largely driven by the debate over whether it can be accommodated within materialism. This is because it is widely agreed by materialists and anti-materialists alike that consciousness is the great challenge to materialist theories of mind. This debate is a starting point for a journey through recent philosophizing about consciousness.

Keywords: consciousness; theories of mind; materialism; anti-materialism; materialist theories; physicalist theories

Article.  11755 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Philosophy of Mind

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