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The Wonder of Consciousness: Understanding the Mind through Philosophical Reflection

Harold Langsam


Consciousness is a wonderful thing, but if we are to fully appreciate its wonder, we need to articulate what it is about consciousness that makes it such an interesting and important phenomenon to us. This book argues that consciousness is intelligible—that there are substantive facts about it which can be known a priori—and that it is the intelligibility of consciousness which is the source of its wonder. It first examines the way that certain features of some of our conscious states intelligibly relate us to features of the world of which we are conscious. Consciousness is radically differen ... More

Keywords: consciousness, conscious states, causal powers, intelligence, philosophy of mind, philosophical reflection, empirical facts, nonempirical facts, substantive facts, intelligibility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262015851
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015851.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harold Langsam, author