The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness

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Max Velmans, Susan Schneider
John Wiley & Sons, Apr 15, 2008 - Philosophy - 768 pages
With fifty-five peer reviewed chapters written by the leading authors in the field, The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness is the most extensive and comprehensive survey of the study of consciousness available today.

  • Provides a variety of philosophical and scientific perspectives that create a breadth of understanding of the topic
  • Topics include the origins and extent of consciousness, different consciousness experiences, such as meditation and drug-induced states, and the neuroscience of consciousness

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Part I Problems of Consciousness
Part II The Domain of Consciousness
Part III Some Contemporary Th eories of Consciousness
Part IV Some Major Topics in the Philosophy of Consciousness
Part V Major Topics in the Science of Consciousness
Appendix List of useful web resources in consciousness studies
Name Index
Subject Index

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About the author (2008)

Max Velmans has a Personal Chair in Psychology at the University of London and is currently Emeritus Professor at Goldsmiths College. He has around 80 publications on consciousness including Understanding Consciousness (2000), which was shortlisted for the British Psychological Society book of the year award in 2001 and 2002. Other publications include The Science of Consciousness: Psychological, Neuropsychological and Clinical Reviews (1996), Investigating Phenomenal Consciousness: New Methodologies and Maps (2000), and How Could Conscious Experiences Affect Brains? (2003). He was a co-founder and, from 2004 to 2006, Chair of the Consciousness and Experiential Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society.

Susan Schneider is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. She focuses on issues involving the philosophy of cognitive science and, in particular, the plausibility of computational theories of mind and theoretical issues in artificial intelligence. She also has authored numerous articles in metaphysics.

Editorial Board:
Science of Consciousness: Jeffrey Gray, John Kihlstrom, Phil Merikle, Stevan Harnad
Philosophy of Consciousness: Ned Block, David Chalmers, José Bermúdez, Brian McLaughlin, George Graham

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