There has been an explosion of work on consciousness in the last 30–40 years from philosophers, psychologists, and neurologists. Thus, there is a need for an interdisciplinary, comprehensive volume in the field that brings together contributions from a wide range of experts on fundamental and cutting-edge topics. The Routledge Handbook of Consciousness fills this need and makes each chapter’s importance understandable to students and researchers from a variety of backgrounds. Designed to complement and better explain primary sources, this volume is a valuable "first-stop" publication for undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in any course on "Consciousness," "Philosophy of Mind," or "Philosophy of Psychology," as well as a valuable handbook for researchers in these fields who want a useful reference to have close at hand. The 34 chapters, all published here for the first time, are divided into three parts:
- Part I covers the "History and Background Metaphysics" of consciousness, such as dualism, materialism, free will, and personal identity, and includes a chapter on Indian philosophy.
- Part II is on specific "Contemporary Theories of Consciousness," with chapters on representational, information integration, global workspace, attention-based, and quantum theories.
- Part III is entitled "Major Topics in Consciousness Research," with chapters on psychopathologies, dreaming, meditation, time, action, emotion, multisensory experience, animal and robot consciousness, and the unity of consciousness.
Each chapter begins with a brief introduction and concludes with a list of "Related Topics," as well as a list of "References," making the volume indispensable for the newcomer and experienced researcher alike.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Illustrations
Notes on Contributors
Rocco J. Gennaro
Part I. Consciousness: History and Background Metaphysics
- Consciousness, Personal Identity, and Immortality
- Consciousness in Western Philosophy
- Idealism, Panpsychism, and Emergentism: The Radical Wing of Consciousness Studies
- Consciousness, Free Will, and Moral Responsibility
- Consciousness and the Mind-Body Problem in Indian Philosophy
- Representational Theories of Consciousness
- The Global Workspace Theory
- The Information Integration Theory
- The Multiple Drafts Model
- The Intermediate Level Theory of Consciousness
- The Attention Schema Theory of Consciousness
- Biological Naturalism and Biological Realism
- Sensorimotor and Enactive Approaches to Consciousness
- Quantum Theories of Consciousness
- The Neural Correlates of Consciousness
- Consciousness and Attention
- Consciousness and Intentionality
- Consciousness and Conceptualism
- Consciousness, Time, and Memory
- Consciousness and Action
- Consciousness and Emotion
- Multisensory Consciousness and Synesthesia
- Consciousness and Psychopathology
- Post-Comatose Disorders of Consciousness
- The Unity of Consciousness
- The Biological Evolution of Consciousness
- Animal Consciousness
- Robot Consciousness
- Consciousness and Dreams: From Self-Simulation to the Simulation of a Social World
- Meditation and Consciousness: Can we Experience Experience as Broken?
- Consciousness and End-of-Life Ethical Issues
- Consciousness and Experimental Philosophy
Larry M. Jorgensen
William S. Robinson
Part II. Contemporary Theories of Consciousness
Rocco J. Gennaro
Bernard Baars and Adam Alonzi
Francis Fallon and Andrew Brook
Erik Myin and Victor Loughlin
Part III. Major Topics in Consciousness Research
Valerie Hardcastle and Vicente Raja
Berit Brogaard and Elijah Chudnoff
Rocco J. Gennaro
Andrew Peterson and Tim Bayne
Corey J. Maley and Gualtiero Piccinini
Jennifer M. Windt
Jake H. Davis
Rocco J. Gennaro is Professor of Philosophy and Chairperson of the Philosophy Department at the University of Southern Indiana. Two of his more recent books are The Consciousness Paradox: Consciousness, Concepts, and Higher-Order Thoughts (2012) and Consciousness (Routledge, 2017). He is also editor of Disturbed Consciousness: New Essays on Psychopathology and Theories of Consciousness (2015).
"Keeping up with work on consciousness is becoming harder and harder. Luckily The Routledge Handbook of Consciousness alleviates this headache. The thirty four chapters collectively give a comprehensive and up-to-date survey of the field, written by leading specialists. A must-have for researchers and serious students alike."
--Alex Byrne, Professor of Philosophy, MIT
"The editor’s choice of entries in this Handbook reflects the complexity and marvel of consciousness. Expert philosophers and psychologists offer a wide range of approaches to studying consciousness. Students and researchers looking for eastern or western perspectives will find both represented here."
-Susanna Siegel, Harvard University
"This exceptionally comprehensive and highly accessible survey of topics in the multidisciplinary study of consciousness stands out as an excellent introduction to the field. t is a helpful guide through the thickets of interwoven debates and an essential collection for researchers working in any area of consciousness who want a reliable and illuminating overview of the big picture. This book will be a marvelous resource for anyone beginning their study of consciousness and for expert researchers alike."
--Andrew Bailey, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Associate Dean (Research & Graduate Studies), University of Guelph, Canada