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Conscious Experience

A Logical Inquiry

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ISBN 9780674987784

Publication Date: 02/11/2019


440 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

1 illus.


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  • Preface
  • Précis
  • 1. The Problem of Conscious Experience
    • 1A. Logical and Naturalist Inquiries
    • 1B. Skepticism and Russell’s Acquaintance Model of Experience
  • 2. A Coherence Theory of Perceptual Judgments
    • 2A. Sellars’s Theory of Experience
    • 2B. Sellars on the Reasonableness of Perceptual Judgments
    • 2C. Critical Observations I
    • 2D. Critical Observations II
  • 3. Simple Theories of Perceptual Judgments
    • 3A. Characterization of Simple Theories
    • 3B. Simple Relational Theories
    • 3C. Simple Informational Theories
    • 3D. Simple Intentional Theories
    • 3E. Problems with the Simple Given
  • 4. The Hypothetical Given
    • 4A. Rational Transitions
    • 4B. General Remarks on Logical Interdependence
    • 4C. On Convergence
    • 4D. Logical Interdependence and Holism
  • 5. Presentation and the Transparency of Experience
    • 5A. Presentation without Acquaintance
    • 5B. Moore on the Transparency of Experience
    • 5C. Mind-Independence and Externality
    • 5D. Phenomenology and Introspection
  • 6. Appearances
    • 6A. Subjective Identity and Appearances
    • 6B. Illusions and Hallucinations
    • 6C. Intentionalist Objections
  • 7. The Role of Appearances in Cognition
    • 7A. The Equivalence Principle
    • 7B. Connotation and Denotation
    • 7C. The Skeptical Meditation
    • 7D. Summary of the Account of Experience
  • 8. Experience and Concept
    • 8A. Historical Introduction
    • 8B. Ostensive Definition: Denotation
    • 8C. Ostensive Definition: Connotation, Symbol, Concept
    • 8D. Conceptual Criticism
  • 9. Empirical Transformations
    • 9A. Ontology, Logical and Proper
    • 9B. Specks, Images, Clouds
    • 9C. Conceptions of Color
    • 9D. A Sketch of the Dialectical Situation
  • 10. Empirical Dialectic and Empirical Proofs
    • 10A. Empirical and Mathematical Dialectic Compared
    • 10B. Some Features of Empirical Proofs
    • 10C. Compelling Empirical Proofs
  • 11. The General Logic of Empirical Dialectic
    • 11A. Rationality and Dialectical Power
    • 11B. Ur-Convergence
    • 11C. Summary of the Main Features of Empirical Dialectic
  • 12. Physicalism from the Logical Point of View
    • 12A. Kripke’s Argument against Mental-Physical Identity
    • 12B. Types of Physicalism
    • 12C. Physicalism within the Bounds of Reason
  • References
  • Index

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