Colin McGinn

The Mysterious Flame of Consciousness
  • Andrea Eugenio Cavanna
  • Andrea Nani


Colin McGinn (born on 10 March 1950) is a British philosopher whose work has mainly focused on metaphysics and philosophy of mind. McGinn gained a BA (Hons) and an MA in Psychology, in 1971 and 1972, respectively, both from the University of Manchester. In 1974, he received a BPhil from the University of Oxford. McGinn taught at University College London and from 1985 to 1990 held the position of Wilde Reader in Mental Philosophy at the University of Oxford. He was visiting professor at several universities, including the University of California, Los Angeles, Rutgers University, City University of New York, and Princeton University. In 1990, he became full professor in the Philosophy Department at Rutgers University, thus working alongside American philosopher and cognitive scientist Jerry Fodor (see Chap.  7). In 2006, he joined the University of Miami, where until 2013 he held the position of Professor of Philosophy and Cooper Fellow.


Color Vision Conscious Experience Conscious State Mental Phenomenon Conscious Mind 
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  1. McGinn C (1991) The problems of consciousness. Blackwell, OxfordGoogle Scholar
  2. McGinn C (1999) The mysterious flame: conscious minds in a material world. Basic Book, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  3. McGinn C (2004) Consciousness and its objects. Oxford University Press, OxfordGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Eugenio Cavanna
    • 1
  • Andrea Nani
    • 2
  1. 1.Michael Trimble Neuropsychiatry Research GroupBSMHFT and University of Birmingham Aston UniversityBirminghamUK
  2. 2.Michael Trimble Neuropsychiatry Research GroupBSMHFT and University of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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