Journals Higher Education



Published: 18 November 2004

344 Pages | 3 halftones & 52 line illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195168143

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A Place for Consciousness

Probing the Deep Structure of the Natural World

Gregg Rosenberg

Philosophy of Mind

What place does consciousness have in the natural world? If we reject materialism, could there even be a credible alternative? In A Place for Consciousness, Rosenberg addresses the causal role of consciousness in the world from an anti-physicalist perspective. Introducing a new paradigm called Liberal Naturalism, he offers a profound framework that proposes a deep link between consciousness and causation. Using this framework, he undercuts the logic of the historical debate and deflates the question of causality that physicalists have long been posing to anti-physicalists. Ultimately, he gives consciousness a causally important role without supposing either that it is physical or that it interacts with the physical.