Investigating Phenomenal Consciousness

New methodologies and maps

| University of London
ISBN 9789027251336 (Eur) | EUR 75.00
ISBN 9781556191930 (USA) | USD 113.00
ISBN 9789027299994 | EUR 75.00 | USD 113.00
How can one investigate phenomenal consciousness? As in other areas of science, the investigation of consciousness aims for a more precise knowledge of its phenomena, and the discovery of general truths about their nature. This requires the development of appropriate first-person, second-person and third-person methods. This book introduces some of the creative ways in which these methods can be applied to different purposes, e.g. to understanding the relation of consciousness to brain, to examining or changing consciousness as such, and to understanding the way consciousness is influenced by social, clinical and therapeutic contexts. To clarify the strengths and weaknesses of different methods and to demonstrate the interplay of methodology and epistemology, the book also suggests a number of “maps” of the consciousness studies terrain that place different approaches to the study of consciousness into a broader, interdisciplinary context.
(Series A).
[Advances in Consciousness Research, 13]  2000.  xii, 381 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
1: An Introduction to Investigating Phenomenal Consciousness
Max Velmans
Part 1A: Combining First- and Third-Person Methods
2: Current Methods of Investigation in Neuroscience
Peter Fenwick
3: The Experimental Investigation of Unconscious Conflict, Unconscious Affect, and Unconscious Signal Anxiety
Howard Shevrin
4: A Psychoanalytic Contribution to Contemporary Neuroscience
Mark Solms
Part 1B: Re-examining the Scope and Limits of First-Person Methods
5: Phenomenological Approaches to the Study of Conscious Awareness
Richard Stevens
6: The Gesture of Awareness: An Account of its Structural Dynamics
Nathalie Depraz, Francisco J. Varela and Pierre Vermersch
Part 1C: Changing Conscious Experience
7: Transforming Conscious Experience
Jane Henry
8: Clinical implications of an intersubjective science
Janet Richardson
9: The Nature and Transformation of Consciousness in Eastern and Western Psychospiritual Traditions
David Fontana
Part 2: Maps of Consciousness Studies
10: Modern Science and the Mind
Alwyn Scott
11: Social Construction and Consciousness
Rom Harré
12: Investigating Altered States of Consciousness on Their Own Terms: State-Specific Sciences
Charles T. Tart
13: Methods are a Message
John Pickering
14: An integral approach to consciousness research: a proposal for integrating first, second, and third person approaches to consciousness
Ken Wilber and Roger Walsh
15: A Psychologist ’s Map of Consciousness Studies
Max Velmans
Name Index
Subject Index
“We can finally subject a vast number of intriguing ideas in consciousness studies to careful scientific scrutiny. The banquet of perspectives in this volume will serve as a superlative guide for future inquiries. An excellent read!”
“Velmans does an extraordinary good job of drawing together disparate approaches to the scientific study of consciousness and first-person experience. The emphasis is clearly placed on a rigorous pluralism an interdisciplinary triangulation of methods that remain tied to empirical verification.”
“This important collection will be essential reading for researchers and students alike, and will stimulate discussion for some time to come.”
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Consciousness Research

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