Review of McGinn, The Problem of Consciousness [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
In other words, it's a perfect season for naysayers, and philosophers have risen to the occasion. The most radical is Colin McGinn, former Wilde Reader of Mental Philosophy at Oxford, who has recently taken a position at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The Problem of Consciousness is a collection of eight essays, two of which have not previously been published. McGinn's central thesis is that the problem of consciousness is systematically insoluble by us (Martians or demigods might have better luck). Our brains just weren't meant to get a grip on this tough problem, but--there, there, it's all right--we mustn't draw the conclusion from the fact that we can't understand it, that the mind is intrinsically mysterious. After all, whoever promised that we should be able to understand all possible good science?
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Andr Kukla (1995). Mystery, Mind, and Materialism. Philosophical Psychology 8 (3):255-64.
Colin McGinn (1989). Can We Solve the Mind-Body Problem? Mind 98 (July):349-66.
Anthony L. Brueckner & E. Beroukhim (2003). McGinn on Consciousness and the Mind-Body Problem. In Quentin Smith & Aleksandar Jokic (eds.), Consciousness: New Philosophical Perspectives. Oxford University Press
Colin McGinn (2004). Consciousness and its Objects. Oxford University Press University Press.
J. Andrew Ross (2008). Hitting on Consciousness: Honderich Versus McGinn. Journal of Consciousness Studies 15 (1):109-128.
Colin McGinn (1996). The Character of Mind: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind. New York: Oxford University Press.
Robert Kirk (1991). Why Shouldn't We Be Able to Solve the Mind-Body Problem? Analysis 51 (January):17-23.
James Garvey (1997). What Does McGinn Think We Cannot Know? Analysis 57 (3):196-201.
Uriah Kriegel (2004). The New Mysterianism and the Thesis of Cognitive Closure. Acta Analytica 18 (30-31):177-191.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads128 ( #13,623 of 1,707,713 )
Recent downloads (6 months)4 ( #160,112 of 1,707,713 )
How can I increase my downloads?