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Philosophical, Psychological, and Neural Theories

David Rose

Publication Date - 12 June 2006

ISBN: 9780198792949

472 pages


Consciousness: Philosophical, Psychological, and Neural Theories seeks to respond to some of these questions, offering a wealth of information from which the reader can develop their own views of the subject. Taking a critical, thought-provoking approach, the book integrates studies from philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience to capture the major themes on which our current understanding of consciousness is based.

Opening with a series of chapters that introduce us to thinking about mind, the book goes on to explore function and brain, examining such topics as functionalism, representation, and brain dynamics.


  • Emphasises the truly multidisciplinary nature of the subject, while elegantly drawing together its diverse strands, to provide the reader with a coherent, unified presentation
  • Explores the pros and cons of theories and positions to give the reader a balanced, objective view of the subject
  • A critical approach challenges the reader to truly engage with the text, use it to form their own views, and develop their reasoning and critical-thinking skills
  • Sideboxes throughout stimulate the reader by offering additional insights and further explanations to augment the main text
  • Extensive links and references to the primary literature encourage the reader to take their exploration of the subject beyond the confines of the book, to get the most out of their learning
  • Online Resource Centre features figures from the book available to download to facilitate lecture preparation.

About the Author(s)

David Rose is a Reader in Psychology at the University of Surrey, where he has 25 years teaching experience in physiological psychology, neuroscience, neuroanatomy, perception, cognitive psychology, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, statistics, and consciousness at all undergraduate and postgraduate levels, to students of psychology, human biology, medicine, nursing, and psychiatry. He holds degrees in psychology (BSc Bristol, 1971), neurophysiology (PhD Cambridge, 1978), and the history and philosophy of science (MPhil Cambridge, 1997). He has researched mainly on the neurophysiology, pharmacology, psychophysics and philosophy of vision, and also on time perception, memory, and hemisphere differences. David is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Intelligent Systems.

Table of Contents

    Part 1 Thinking about mind
    1. Philosophical approaches
    2. The history of the mind-body problem
    3. The philosophy of neuroscience: neuronal behaviourism
    Part 2 Function and brain
    4. Recent advances in functionalism I. Homuncular functionalism
    5. Recent advances in functionalism II. Teleological functionalism
    6. Representation: the physical basis of mental content
    7. Conscious and unconscious representations
    8. Brain dynamics, attention and movement
    9. Memory in perception
    10. The where and when of visual experience
    11. Multiple types of consciousness
    12. Conclusion

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