The Reflexive Nature of Consciousness

| University of Calgary
ISBN 9789027252081 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027291684 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
Combining phenomenological insights from Brentano and Sartre, but also drawing on recent work on consciousness by analytic philosophers, this book defends the view that conscious states are reflexive, and necessarily so, i.e., that they have a built-in, “implicit” awareness of their own occurrence, such that the subject of a conscious state has an immediate, non-objectual acquaintance with it. As part of this investigation, the book also explores the relationship between reflexivity and the phenomenal, or “what-it-is-like,” dimension of conscious experience, defending the innovative thesis that phenomenal character is constituted by the implicit self-awareness built into every conscious state. This account stands in marked contrast to most influential extant theories of phenomenal character, including qualia theories, according to which phenomenal character is a matter of having phenomenal sensations, and representationalism, according to which phenomenal character is constituted by representational content. (Series A)
[Advances in Consciousness Research, 72]  2008.  vii, 186 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Some semantics of "consciousness"
Chapter 3. A formula for state consciousness
Chapter 4. Consciousness and self-awareness
Chapter 5. Higher-orderism
Chapter 6. A "one-state" alternative
Chapter 7. Representationalism
Chapter 8. The nature of phenomenal character
“Janzen's account [...] provides a solid and admirably lean critique of contemporary accounts of consciousness and its phenomenal character.”
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BIC Subject: HPM – Philosophy of mind
BISAC Subject: PHI015000 – PHILOSOPHY / Mind & Body
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2007045723 | Marc record