The Varieties of Consciousness

ISBN : 9780199846122

Uriah Kriegel
296 Pages
163 x 241 mm
Pub date
May 2015
Philosophy of the Mind
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Recent work on consciousness has featured a number of debates on the existence and character of controversial types of phenomenal experience. Perhaps the best-known is the debate over the existence of a sui generis, irreducible cognitive phenomenology - a phenomenology proper to thought. Another concerns the existence of a sui generis phenomenology of agency. Such debates bring up a more general question: how many types of sui generis, irreducible, basic, primitive phenomenology do we have to posit to just be able to describe the stream of consciousness? This book offers a first general attempt to answer this question in contemporary philosophy. It develops a unified framework for systematically addressing this question and applies it to six controversial types of phenomenal experience, namely, those associated with thought and judgment, will and agency, pure apprehension, emotion, moral thought and experience, and the experience of freedom.


Introduction: Phenomenal Primitives
1. Cognitive Phenomenology
2. Conative Phenomenology
3. The Phenomenology of Entertaining
4. Emotional Phenomenology
5. Moral Phenomenology
6. Conclusion: The Structure of the Phenomenal Realm
Appendix. The Phenomenology of Freedom

About the author: 

Uriah Kriegel is a research director at the Jean Nicod Institute in Paris. He is the author of Subjective Consciousness: A Self-Representational Theory (OUP, 2011) and The Sources of Intentionality (OUP, 2011), as well as the editor of a dozen collections and the author of 70-odd articles.

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