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Conscious Thinking and Cognitive Phenomenology

Edited by Marta Jorba, Dermot Moran

© 2018 – Routledge

136 pages

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Hardback: 9780815359074
pub: 2018-03-05
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This book concerns the nature and character of conscious thinking from a philosophical perspective. One main aspect of conscious thinking addressed by the contributors to this volume is the phenomenal character involved in undergoing an episode of thinking or, in other words, the question of what it is like to think a certain thought, what has been called ‘cognitive phenomenology’. This phenomenal character constitutes a form of phenomenal consciousness that needs clarification and further consideration within consciousness studies, cognitive psychology and philosophy.

This book brings together chapters on the topic that contribute to clarify the notions and questions involved in the discussion, expanding the scope of the debate on cognitive phenomenology to other relevant aspects of conscious thinking and related domains. Several different topics are treated in the volume, such as the relation of cognitive phenomenology with rationality, with the self, with attention or with the notion of cognitive access, as well as consideration of particular kinds of experiences of recognition and the so-called ‘aha’ experiences. This book was originally published as a special issue of Philosophical Explorations.

Table of Contents

1. Conscious thinking and cognitive phenomenology: topics, views and future developments Marta Jorba and Dermot Moran

2. The phenomenology of attitudes and the salience of rational role and determination Fabian Dorsch

3. Thinking of oneself as the thinker: the concept of self and the phenomenology of intellection Marie Guillot

4. Kant’s and Husserl’s agentive and proprietary accounts of cognitive phenomenology Julia Jansen

5. The nature of unsymbolized thinking Agustín Vicente and Fernando Martínez-Manrique

6. Cognitive access and cognitive phenomenology: conceptual and empirical issues Miguel Ángel Sebastián

7. Why Frege cases do involve cognitive phenomenology but only indirectly Alberto Voltolini

About the Editors

Marta Jorba is Juan de la Cierva postdoctoral researcher at the University of the Basque Country, Spain. Her main research fields are philosophy of mind, phenomenology and feminist theory. Her work has been published in journals such as Noûs, Journal of Consciousness Studies, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, and Theoria, or An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science.

Dermot Moran is Professor of Philosophy (Metaphysics & Logic) at University College Dublin, Ireland, and is President of the International Federation of Philosophical Studies. His recent publications include Husserl’s Crisis of the European Sciences: An Introduction (2012), and The Husserl Dictionary (with Joseph Cohen, 2012). He is also the co-editor of The Phenomenology of Embodied Subjectivity (with Rasmus Thybo Jensen, 2014).

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