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Studies in the History of Philosophy of Mind

Consciousness and the Philosophy of Signs

How Peircean Semiotics Combines Phenomenal Qualia and Practical Effects

Authors: Champagne, Marc

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  • Develops a novel stance on one of the most vibrant controversies in current philosophy: “the hard problem of consciousness”
  • Lifts Peirce's difficult semiotic theory out of its inner circle of experts, showing why and how it can advance mainstream philosophical debates
  • Explores important but misunderstood principles like iconicity and the type/token/tone distinction
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About this book

It is often thought that consciousness has a qualitative dimension that cannot be tracked by science. Recently, however, some philosophers have argued that this worry stems not from an elusive feature of the mind, but from the special nature of the concepts used to describe conscious states. Marc Champagne draws on the neglected branch of philosophy of signs or semiotics to develop a new take on this strategy.  

The term “semiotics” was introduced by John Locke in the modern period – its etymology is ancient Greek, and its theoretical underpinnings are medieval. Charles Sanders Peirce made major advances in semiotics, so he can act as a pipeline for these forgotten ideas. Most philosophers know Peirce as the founder of American pragmatism, but few know that he also coined the term “qualia,” which is meant to capture the intrinsic feel of an experience. Since pragmatic verification and qualia are now seen as conflicting commitments, Champagne endeavors to understand how Peirce could (or thought he could) have it both ways. The key, he suggests, is to understand how humans can insert distinctions between features that are always bound. 

Recent attempts to take qualities seriously have resulted in versions of panpsychism, but Champagne outlines a more plausible way to achieve this. So, while semiotics has until now been the least known branch of philosophy ending in –ics, his book shows how a better understanding of that branch can move one of the liveliest debates in philosophy forward.

About the authors

Marc Champagne is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Trent University. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Philosophy from York University and a Ph.D. degree in Semiotics from UQAM, where he studied with the Peirce-Wittgenstein Research Group. In addition to publishing in many peer-reviewed philosophy journals, he was tasked with gathering the best literature on semiotics for Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy.

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“Marc Champagne makes large claims and indeed undertakes what might seem to some readers a Herculean task -- to solve the ‘hard problem’, as the problem of qualia has come to be identified in the philosophy of mind. … This is a very suggestive book. It is moreover a clearly and engagingly written text, and (for the most part) a carefully and responsibly argued one.” (Vincent M. Colapietro, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, ndpr.nd.edu, October 7, 2018)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Consciousness and the Philosophy of Signs
Book Subtitle
How Peircean Semiotics Combines Phenomenal Qualia and Practical Effects
Authors
Series Title
Studies in the History of Philosophy of Mind
Series Volume
19
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-73338-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-73338-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-73337-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-10357-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 127
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