Consciousness and the Great Philosophers: What would they have said about our mind-body problem?, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Consciousness and the Great Philosophers

What would they have said about our mind-body problem?, 1st Edition

Edited by Stephen Leach, James Tartaglia


302 pages

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Consciousness and the Great Philosophers addresses the question of how the great philosophers of the past might have reacted to the contemporary problem of consciousness. Each of the thirty-two chapters within this edited collection focuses on a major philosophical figure from the history of philosophy, from Anscombe to Xuanzang, and imaginatively engages with the problem from their perspective.


Written by leading experts in the field, this exciting and engaging book explores the relevance of the history of philosophy to contemporary debates and therefore is essential reading for students and scholars studying the history of philosophy, contemporary philosophy of mind and consciousness, or both.


"An impressive, wide-ranging, and extremely useful collection of essays on what the Great Philosophers would have had to say about the contemporary problem of consciousness. I found it both helpful and often fascinating."

Michael Tye, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Table of Contents


Plato David Skrbina

Aristotle Lenn E. Goodman

Plotinus Suzanne Stern-Gillet

Vasubandhu / Xuanzang Dan Lusthaus

Dharmakīrti Mark Siderits

Avicenna Nader El-Bizri

Aquinas Edward Feser

Descartes John Cottingham

Locke Matthew Stuart

Spinoza Genevieve Lloyd

Leibniz Tim Crane

Berkeley Tom Stoneham

Hume P.J.E. Kail

Kant Tobias Schlicht

Hegel Richard Dien Winfield

Schelling Sebastian Gardner

Schopenhauer Robert J. Wicks

William James Owen Flanagan & Heather Wallace

Nietzsche Rex Welshon

Frege Darragh Byrne

Husserl John J. Drummond

Russell Philip Goff

Collingwood Stephen Leach

Wittgenstein Oskari Kuusela

Heidegger Denis McManus

Ryle Julia Tanney

Sartre Joseph S. Catalano

Merleau-Ponty Shaun Gallagher

Quine Alex Orenstein

Anscombe Rachael Wiseman

Derrida Simon Glendinning

Rorty James Tartaglia

Postscript: The Golden Key



About the Editors

Stephen Leach is Senior Research Assistant in Philosophy at Keele University, UK. He is the author of The Foundations of History: Collingwood’s Analysis of Historical Explanation (2009).

James Tartaglia is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Keele University, UK. He is the author of Philosophy in a Meaningless Life (2016).

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PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / General

Author Interview

Read our exclusive interview with Stephen Leach to find out what inspired him to write the book.