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Books on consciousness

A list of books relating to the hard problem of consciousness. Regularly updated cos I keep finding new stuff all the time.


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2019

Adam Pautz & Daniel Stoljar (eds.)
Blockheads!: Essays on Ned Block’s Philosophy of Mind and Consciousness
(MIT 2019)

Perhaps more than any other philosopher of mind, Ned Block synthesizes philosophical and scientific approaches to the mind; he is unique in moving back and forth across this divide, doing so with creativity and intensity. This volume offers eighteen new essays on Block’s work along with substantive and wide-ranging replies by Block. See MIT | Amazon | Google

Alan Millar
Knowing by Perceiving
(Oxford 2019)

Epistemological discussions of perception usually sidestep the notion of knowledge and ask how perceptual beliefs can be justified in terms of “sensory experiences.” In contrast, Millar argues that perceptual justification should be grounded in perceptual knowledge, which should in turn be explained in terms of recognitional abilities. See Oxford | Amazon | Google

Manuel Heras-Escribano
The Philosophy of Affordances
(Palgrave Macmillan 2019)

The concept of affordance, coined and developed in the field of ecological psychology, describes the possibilities for action available in the environment. This work spells out the key philosophical features of affordances and analyzes the implications that a proper understanding of affordances has for the philosophy of mind and the cognitive sciences. See Palgrave | Amazon | Google

Douglas S. Duckworth
Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy of Mind and Nature
(Oxford 2019)

This thematic study engages some of the most critical topics in Buddhist thought, such as the nature of mind and the meaning of emptiness, across a wide range of traditions, including the “Middle Way” of Madhyamaka, Yogacara (“Mind-Only”), and tantra. Duckworth provides a richly textured overview of the nature of mind, language, and world in Tibetan Buddhist traditions. See Oxford | Amazon | Google

Kevin Morris
Physicalism Deconstructed: Levels of Reality and the Mind–Body Problem
(Cambridge 2019)

Contemporary forms of physicalism are typically non-reductive, levels-based positions, on which the physical domain is fundamental, while thought and consciousness are higher-level processes, dependent somehow on physical processes. Morris shows that it is hard to make sense of this idea and recommends instead a form of one-level, reductive physicalism. See Cambridge | Amazon | Google