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December 07, 2006



Thanks for the recommendation! Any other new books out there that interested but not particularly well-connected parties might be interested in?

Paul Raymont


Here are two forthcoming collections that look good:

Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Mind, ed. Brian McLaughlin and Jonathan Cohen (Blackwell) ISBN: 1405117613


The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness, ed. Max Velmans and Susan Schneider, ISBN: 1405160004

There are descriptions of both at tbe Blackwell Online link:

Also, both are available for pre-order at Amazon, although I don't know if they're both on sale there. They are on sale (due perhaps to the rising Canadian dollar) at and


Good question. I've been meaning to post here about various other recent books but haven't gotten around to it. At least two other really excellent collections on topics related to consciousness have been published this year: Perceptual Experience, edited by Tamar Gendler and John Hawthorne, and Self-Representational Approaches to Consciousness, edited by Uriah Kriegel and Ken Williford. As for single-authored books, there's Daniel Stoljar's Ignorance and Imagination, about which I've already posted, and Robert Kirk's Zombies and Consciousness, about which I definitely hope to post something before long. Then there's David Rosenthal's long-awaited collection Consciousness and Mind, and a collection by Ned Block that should appear soon. On topics with at least some connection to consciousness, there's also Anil Gupta's Empiricism and Experience, Alvin Goldman's Simulating Minds, and Peter Carruthers' The Architecture of the Mind. As for reference works: apart from the two that Paul mentions, there will also be companions/handbooks to consciousness (in science as well as philosophy) appearing with Cambridge and with Oxford before too long. Also on the scientific side of things, there's Nick Humphrey's Seeing Red: A Study in Consciousness, Gerald Edelman's Second Nature: Brain Science and Human Knowledge, and Stephen Laureys' excellent collection The Boundaries of Consciousness: Neurobiology and Neuropathology. Finally, not on consciousness but on another topic of interest around these parts, the long-awaited collection Two-Dimensional Semantics, edited by Manuel Garcia-Carpintero and Josep Macia and with contributions by a number of the leading figures in the area, was published a few months ago.

Vadim Vasilyev

David, I would add Blackmore's collection of interviews Conversations on Consciousness. Very useful book, to my mind. Another related collection - The Three Pound Enigma by Shannon Moffett, with Dennett, Koch (discussing your ideas, by the way),and others.

I was wondering about consciousness and sleep, if we nave a consciousness that survives bodily death, what happens to that consciousness when the person is asleep.

hassan zarei

Hi david,
i have a silly question. i had a discussion with my friend about your book "on the consciousness" and the problem was that we did not know how to pronounce "chalmers" . is that "chaamers" or "cha l mers"? thanks
ps : i am from iran so it is normal that i cant pronounce it.


That's a new question! I think either pronunciation is OK. It's pronounced the same way as the corresponding sound in "Palmer" or "calmer". In my dialect there isn't much trace of the "l" in any of these, so "Chalmers" sounds more like your first option. In some dialects (e.g. some American dialects) the "l" is stronger -- that's fine too.

hassan zarei

thank you dave. i have added your blog to my favorite and will follow how you wanna cope with the hard problem. anyway we AI folks are attaking the same problem but in a different way.

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