Investigating Phenomenal Consciousness: New Methodologies and Maps

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Max Velmans
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2000 - Psychology - 381 pages
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.
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Contents

CHAPTER
3
Changing Conscious Experience
7
The Experimental Investigation of Unconscious Conflict Unconscious
33
CHAPTER 4
67
CHAPTER 5
99
An Account of its Structural Dynamics
121
CHAPTER 13
279
CHAPTER 14
301
A Psychologists Map of Consciousness Studies
333
Name Index
359
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