The Constitution of Phenomenal Consciousness

Toward a science and theory

| Monash University
ISBN 9789027213594 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027268785 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
Philosophers of mind have been arguing for decades about the nature of phenomenal consciousness and the relation between brain and mind. More recently, neuroscientists and philosophers of science have entered the discussion. Which neural activities in the brain constitute phenomenal consciousness, and how could science distinguish the neural correlates of consciousness from its neural constitution? At what level of neural activity is consciousness constituted in the brain and what might be learned from well-studied phenomena like binocular rivalry, attention, memory, affect, pain, dreams and coma? What should the science of consciousness want to know and what should explanation look like in this field? How should the constitution relation be applied to brain and mind and are other relations like identity, supervenience, realization, emergence and causation preferable? Building on a companion volume on the constitution of visual consciousness (AiCR 90), this volume addresses these questions and related empirical and conceptual territory. It brings together, for the first time, scientists and philosophers to discuss this engaging interdisciplinary topic.
[Advances in Consciousness Research, 92]  2015.  viii, 473 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
The constitution of visual and phenomenal consciousness: An introduction
Steven M. Miller
The scientific study of consciousness
Theories and methods in the scientific study of consciousness
P. Christiaan Klink, Matthew W. Self, Victor A.F. Lamme and Pieter R. Roelfsema
The scientific study of coma and related states
Vanessa Charland-Verville, Audrey Vanhaudenhuyse, Steven Laureys and Olivia Gosseries
De-confounding the neural constitution of phenomenal consciousness from attention, report and memory
Jeroen J.A. van Boxtel and Naotsugu Tsuchiya
The correlation/constitution distinction problem: Foundations, limits and explanation in consciousness science
Steven M. Miller
The neural correlates of consciousness: Causes, confounds and constituents
Jakob Hohwy and Tim Bayne
On the various neural correlates of consciousness: Are they distinguishable?
Tom A. de Graaf and Alexander T. Sack
On why the unconscious prerequisites and consequences of consciousness might derail us from unraveling the neural correlates of consciousness
Jaan Aru, Talis Bachmann, Wolf Singer and Lucia Melloni
The neuroevolutionary sources of mind: The ancestral constitution of affective consciousness and the core-SELF
Jaak Panksepp
The future of consciousness science: From empirical correlations to theoretical explanation
Antti Revonsuo
Philosophy of mind
The philosophy of phenomenal consciousness: An introduction
Zoe Drayson
The philosophy of mind needs a better metaphysics
Martin Mahner
The scientific evidence for materialism about pains
Andrew Melnyk
The status of consciousness in nature
Berit Brogaard
Identity over time, constitution and the problem of personal identity
Benjamin L. Curtis and Harold W. Noonan
Constitution, realization and identity: Empirical implications for three theories of the metaphysics of consciousness
Douglas Keaton
Correlation, causation, constitution: On the interplay between the science and philosophy of consciousness
Benjamin P. Kozuch and Uriah Kriegel
The material constitution of phenomenal consciousness
Derk Pereboom
Material constitution, the neuroscience of consciousness, and the temporality of experience
Benjamin L. Curtis
The structure of phenomenal consciousness
Jonathan P. Opie and Gerard J. O’Brien
“This is the book for those of us who care about the scientific and philosophical debates, and associated empirical experiments, triggered by introduction twenty years ago of the concept of the 'neural correlates of consciousness'. It shows how this simple idea has evolved into something much more sophisticated and refined. The volume represents true progress in the scientific study of consciousness and on the ancient mind-body dilemma!”
“Miller has assembled a wonderful collection for anyone who wants an introduction or refresher on consciousness studies from both scientific and philosophic perspectives. Old hands and new faces combine for a comprehensive overview that also advances the debates in numerous ways.”
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Consciousness Research

Consciousness research
BIC Subject: JMM – Physiological & neuro-psychology, biopsychology
BISAC Subject: PSY020000 – PSYCHOLOGY / Neuropsychology
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