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A good, simple introduction to a complex subject
on 1 August 2001
Although I'm generally rather unimpressed with the "Introducing ..." series (too many snazzy, and sometimes inappropriate, pictures, not enough depth), this particular book I found rather enjoyable and informative. Consciousness is a notoriously difficult subject to write about. Many authors feel rather too strongly about their views on consciousness, produce pedantic prose, and find it hard to steer away from prejudice. This book provides a whirlwind tour of 2000 years of philosophical thought on consciousness and manages to remain very accessible and refreshingly non-partisan. When finishing this book you won't know what consciousness really is, nor will you be entirely sure what the author's own views on the subject are, but you will have had a nice little intellectual journey exploring the dead ends and muddles that previous (and contemporary) thinkers on the subject got themselves into.