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Consciousness from a Broad Perspective

A Philosophical and Interdisciplinary Introduction


Part of the Studies in Neuroscience, Consciousness and Spirituality book series (SNCS, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Anders Hedman
    Pages 1-5
  3. Anders Hedman
    Pages 7-20
  4. Anders Hedman
    Pages 29-51
  5. Anders Hedman
    Pages 53-99
  6. Anders Hedman
    Pages 101-126
  7. Anders Hedman
    Pages 127-171
  8. Anders Hedman
    Pages 173-209
  9. Anders Hedman
    Pages 211-235
  10. Anders Hedman
    Pages 237-280
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 281-285

About this book


This volume offers an introduction to consciousness research within philosophy, psychology and neuroscience, from a philosophical perspective and with an emphasis on the history of ideas and core concepts. The book begins by examining consciousness as a modern mystery. Thereafter, the book introduces philosophy of mind and the mind-body problem, and proceeds to explore psychological, philosophical and neuroscientific approaches to mind and consciousness. The book then presents a discussion of mysterianist views of consciousness in response to what can be perceived as insurmountable scientific challenges to the problem of consciousness. As a response to mysterianist views, the next chapters examine radical approaches to rethinking the problem of consciousness, including externalist approaches. The final two chapters present the author’s personal view of the problem of consciousness. 

Consciousness remains a mystery for contemporary science—a mystery raising many questions. Why does consciousness persist as a mystery? Are we humans not intelligent enough to solve the riddle of consciousness? If we can solve this mystery, what would it take? What research would we need to conduct? Moreover, the mystery of consciousness prompts the larger question of how well the cognitive sciences have actually advanced our understanding of ourselves as human beings. After all, consciousness is not just a minor part of our existence. Without consciousness, we would not be human beings at all. 

This book aims to increase the accessibility of major ideas in the field of consciousness research and to inspire readers to contribute to the ongoing discussion of the place of consciousness in nature.


Biological approaches to consciousness Causal theories of consciousness Critical views of cognitive science Interdisciplinary approaches to consciousness Metaphysics of consciounsess Mysterianism and consciousness Neuroscience and consciousness Non-representational consciousness Spirituality and consciousness Visual introduction to consciousness

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.KTH Royal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden

About the authors

Anders Hedman is Associate Professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. He has been a Fellow in the department of Philosophy at UC Berkeley and worked as a National Expert for the European Commission in the unit of Future and Emerging Technologies Open, specializing in the cross-section of information and communication technologies, neuroscience and philosophy. He received his BA in Philosophy & Psychology from UC Berkeley and his PhD in human-computer interaction from KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Consciousness from a Broad Perspective
  • Book Subtitle A Philosophical and Interdisciplinary Introduction
  • Authors Anders Hedman
  • Series Title Studies in Neuroscience, Consciousness and Spirituality
  • Series Abbreviated Title Stud. in Neurosc., Cons. and Spirit.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-52973-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-85028-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-52975-2
  • Series ISSN 2211-8918
  • Series E-ISSN 2211-8926
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 285
  • Number of Illustrations 74 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Mind
    Cognitive Psychology
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