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The First-Person Perspective and Other Essays

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  • Date Published: April 2011
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  • The essays in this collection deal with the way in which we know our own minds. Professor Shoemaker opposes the "inner sense" conception of introspective self-knowledge. He defends the view that perceptual and sensory states have nonrepresentational features--"qualia"--that determine what it is like to have them. Among the other topics covered are the unity of consciousness, and the idea that the "first-person perspective" gives a privileged route to philosophical understanding of the nature of mind.

    • Major figure in the philosophy of mind, one of the hottest areas in current philosophy
    • Interdisciplinary interest in psychology and cognitive science
    • Shoemaker published a successful collection of papers with Cambridge University Press in 1984, Identity, Cause and Mind
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "I believe that Shomemaker's papers on self-knowledge and the nature of phenomenal consciousness . . . constitute a deeply original and systematic body of work on these most difficult and perplexing philosophical issues." --Jaegwon Kim, Brown University

    "The book will, I am sure, be regarded as must-reading by philosophers of mind; the papers are at the cutting edge of discussion of knowledge of our own mental states." --Brian McLaughlin, Rutgers University

    "This collection seems to me the plum among the many impressive recent philosophical treatments of consciousness and self-knowledge, and the most useful as a starting point for further work. Every turn is made brilliantly and plainly, with lucid, compelling argumentation...." Mark Crimmins, Dialogue

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    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511821639
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Self-Knowledge:
    1. Introspection and the self
    2. On knowing one's own mind
    3. First-person access
    4. Moore's paradox and self-knowledge
    Part II. Qualia:
    5. Qualities and qualia: what's in the mind?
    6. Qualia and consciousness
    7. Intrasubjective/intersubjective
    Part III. Mental Unity and the Nature Of The Mind:
    8. The first-person perspective
    9. Unity of consciousness and consciousness of unity
    Part IV. The Royce Lectures: Self-Knowledge and 'Inner Sense':
    10. Lecture 1: the object perception model
    11. Lecture 2: the broad perceptual model
    12. Lecture 3: the phenomenal character of experience.

  • Author

    Sydney Shoemaker, Cornell University, New York

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