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Raw Feeling: A Philosophical Account of the Essence of Consciousness Robert Kirk

Raw Feeling: A Philosophical Account of the Essence of Consciousness

Robert Kirk

Published December 5th 1996
ISBN : 9780198236795
Paperback
264 pages
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Consciousness is a perennial source of mystification in the philosophy of mind: how can processes in the brain amount to conscious experiences? Robert Kirk uses the notion of raw feeling to bridge the intelligibility gap between our knowledge ofMoreConsciousness is a perennial source of mystification in the philosophy of mind: how can processes in the brain amount to conscious experiences? Robert Kirk uses the notion of raw feeling to bridge the intelligibility gap between our knowledge of ourselves as physical organisms and our knowledge of ourselves as subjects of experience- he argues that there is no need for recourse to dualism or private mental objects. The task is to understand how the truth about raw feeling could be strictly implied by narrowly physical truths. Kirks explanation turns on an account of what it is to be a subject of conscious perceptual experience. He offers penetrating analyses of the problems of consciousness and suggests novel solutions. His sustained defense of non-reductive physicalism shows that we need not abandon hope of finding a solution to the mind-body problem.