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Snider, Pietro

The Natural Problem of Consciousness

Series:Epistemic Studies 36

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    Publication Date:
    June 2017
    Copyright year:
    2017
    ISBN
    978-3-11-052557-1
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    Overview

    Aims and Scope

    The “Natural Problem of Consciousness” is the problem of understanding why there are presently conscious beings at all. Given a non-reductive naturalist framework taking consciousness as an ontologically subjective biological phenomenon, how can we rationally explain the fact that the actual world has turned out to be one where there are presently living beings that can feel, rather than having developed as a zombie-world in which there would be no conscious experiences of any kind?

    This book introduces the Natural Problem by relating it to central problems in the philosophy of mind (metaphysical mind-body problem, Hard Problem of consciousness) and emphasizing the distinctive interest of its diachronic dimension. Ranging from philosophy to biology and neuroscience, it offers a thorough analysis aimed at better understanding what could explain why phenomenal consciousness has been preserved throughout evolution by natural selection. This is an original, engaging, and thought provoking philosophical study of a neglected but fundamental question regarding the nature and origin of consciousness.

    Details

    vii, 250 pages
    Language:
    English
    Type of Publication:
    Monograph
    Keyword(s):
    Evolution; phenomenal consciousness; natural selection; mental causation; mind-body problem

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    Pietro Snider, University of Basel, Switzerland.

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