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The Explicit Animal a Defence of Human Consciousness

by Raymond Tallis

  • ISBN: 9780312224189
  • ISBN10: 0312224184

The Explicit Animal a Defence of Human Consciousness

by Raymond Tallis

  • List Price: $48.00
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publish date: 10/01/1999
  • ISBN: 9780312224189
  • ISBN10: 0312224184
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Description: There has been an extraordinary resurgence of interest in the enigma of human consciousness among neuroscientists, psychologists and professional philosophers, for whom the philosophy of mind has displaced the philosophy of language as the central preoccupation. Much work is aimed at accommodating consciousness within the currently dominant physicalist world picture. The Explicit Animal is a comprehensive and sometimes impassioned attack on attempts to 'biologise' consciousness by explaining its origin in evolutionary terms and identifying mental phenomena with brain processes; to 'computerise' it by identifying mind with the supposed computational activity of the brain; and to empty or eliminate it by denying the reality of qualia. Raymond Tallis's critique concludes with a long look at man -- 'the explicit animal' -- that makes the irreducible mystery of human consciousness impossible to overlook or deny. Future attempts to eliminate or marginalise consciousness or to accommodate it to the physicalist world picture will have to answer the arguments of this book.
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