1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Consciousness

ISBN 9781138936218
Published March 26, 2018 by Routledge
490 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

  1. Consciousness, Personal Identity, and Immortality
  2. Amy Kind

  3. Consciousness in Western Philosophy
  4. Larry M. Jorgensen

  5. Materialism
  6. Janet Levin

  7. Dualism
  8. William S. Robinson

  9. Idealism, Panpsychism, and Emergentism: The Radical Wing of Consciousness Studies
  10. William Seager

  11. Consciousness, Free Will, and Moral Responsibility
  12. Gregg Caruso

  13. Consciousness and the Mind-Body Problem in Indian Philosophy
  14. Christian Coseru

    Part II. Contemporary Theories of Consciousness

  15. Representational Theories of Consciousness
  16. Rocco J. Gennaro

  17. The Global Workspace Theory
  18. Bernard Baars and Adam Alonzi

  19. The Information Integration Theory
  20. Francis Fallon

  21. The Multiple Drafts Model
  22. Francis Fallon and Andrew Brook

  23. The Intermediate Level Theory of Consciousness
  24. David Barrett

  25. The Attention Schema Theory of Consciousness
  26. Michael Graziano

  27. Biological Naturalism and Biological Realism
  28. Antti Revonsuo

  29. Sensorimotor and Enactive Approaches to Consciousness
  30. Erik Myin and Victor Loughlin

  31. Quantum Theories of Consciousness
  32. Paavo Pylkkänen

    Part III. Major Topics in Consciousness Research

  33. The Neural Correlates of Consciousness
  34. Valerie Hardcastle and Vicente Raja

  35. Consciousness and Attention
  36. Wayne Wu

  37. Consciousness and Intentionality
  38. David Pitt

  39. Consciousness and Conceptualism
  40. Philippe Chuard

  41. Consciousness, Time, and Memory
  42. Ian Phillips

  43. Consciousness and Action
  44. Shaun Gallagher

  45. Consciousness and Emotion
  46. Demian Whiting

  47. Multisensory Consciousness and Synesthesia
  48. Berit Brogaard and Elijah Chudnoff

  49. Consciousness and Psychopathology
  50. Rocco J. Gennaro

  51. Post-Comatose Disorders of Consciousness
  52. Andrew Peterson and Tim Bayne

  53. The Unity of Consciousness
  54. Elizabeth Schechter

  55. The Biological Evolution of Consciousness
  56. Corey J. Maley and Gualtiero Piccinini

  57. Animal Consciousness
  58. Sean Allen-Hermanson

  59. Robot Consciousness
  60. Jonathan Waskan

  61. Consciousness and Dreams: From Self-Simulation to the Simulation of a Social World
  62. Jennifer M. Windt

  63. Meditation and Consciousness: Can we Experience Experience as Broken?
  64. Jake H. Davis

  65. Consciousness and End-of-Life Ethical Issues
  66. Adina Roskies

  67. Consciousness and Experimental Philosophy

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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