Studies in the History of Philosophy of Mind

Consciousness

From Perception to Reflection in the History of Philosophy

Editors: Heinämaa, Sara, Lähteenmäki, Vili, Remes, Pauliina (Eds.)

  • The first historical survey focusing on the notion of consciousness
  • Approaches consciousness through its constitutive aspects, such as subjectivity, reflexivity, intentionality and selfhood
  • Covers discussions from ancient philosophy all the way to contemporary debates
  • Enriches current systematic debates by uncovering historical roots of the notion of consciousness
  • Offers alternative conceptualisations about consciousness
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Despite decades of theoretization, consciousness continues to haunt contemporary philosophy of mind. The coherence and validity of the concept are in question, yet consciousness seems to resist the projects of reduction and naturalization. This collection opens a diachronical perspective to intuitions about consciousness and our aspiration of coming to grips with it. Through investigating ancient, medieval, early modern, and modern discussions in their original philosophical context, the articles offer understanding of the emergence of our problems concerning consciousness, as well as a wealth of alternative ways of conceptualizing it.

Consciousness: From Perception to Reflection in the History of Philosophy shows that the concept of consciousness was explicated relatively late in the tradition, but that its central features, such as reflexivity, subjectivity and aboutness, attained avid interest very early in philosophical debates. This book reveals how these features have been related to other central topics, such as selfhood, perception, attention and embodiment. At the same time, the articles display that consciousness is not just an isolated issue of philosophy of mind, but is bound to ontological, epistemological and moral discussions. Integrating historical inquiries into the systematic ones enables understanding the complexity and richness of conscious phenomena.

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"The fourteen essays collected in this book discuss the similarities and dissimilarities in the concepts related to consciousness from ancient to medieval, Enlightenment and nineteenth and twentieth century philosophy. … will be of interest to historians of philosophy. … I found this book an interesting read. There is a comprehensive bibliography, and both a name and subject index that will be helpful to researchers." (Peter B. Raabe, Metapsychology Online Reviews, Vol. 12 (33), August, 2008)


Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • The Problem of Consciousness in Aristotle's Psychology

    Juha Sihvola

    Pages 49-65

  • Sense-Perception and Self-Awareness: Before and After Avicenna

    Jari Kaukua, Taneli Kukkonen

    Pages 95-119

  • The Structure of Self-Consciousness: A Fourteenth-Century Debate

    Mikko Yrjönsuuri

    Pages 141-152

  • Augustine and Descartes on the Function of Attention in Perceptual Awareness

    Deborah Brown

    Pages 153-175

  • Human Consciousness and its Transcendental Conditions: Kant's Anti-Cartesian Revolt

    Kenneth R. Westphal

    Pages 223-243

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Consciousness
Book Subtitle
From Perception to Reflection in the History of Philosophy
Editors
  • Sara Heinämaa
  • Vili Lähteenmäki
  • Pauliina Remes
Series Title
Studies in the History of Philosophy of Mind
Series Volume
4
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-6082-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-6082-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6081-6
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7529-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 366
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