A Very Short Introduction to Consciousness


Book description – from OUP list

  • A lively, engaging, and authoritative introduction to the hot topic of consciousness
  • Serves as a much-needed launch pad for the further exploration of this complicated, controversial, and unresolved issue
  • Challenges readers to reconsider key concepts such as personality, free will, and the soul
  • A clear overview of the subject that combines the perspectives of philosophy, psychology and neuroscience–unlike all the other books available on the subject
  • Part of the VSI series; over 1 million have been sold

Consciousness, ‘the last great mystery for science’, has now become a hot topic. How can a physical brain create our experience of the world? What creates our identity? Do we really have free will? Could consciousness itself be an illusion?


Published by Oxford University Press, Oxford, April 2005, paperback ISBN 0 19 2805851

A very thought provoking book“, Tim Radford in The Guardian 5.5.2005

“summarizes in 146 pages with panache and great insight the seemingly inscrutable thing we all consciousness.” Robert B. Faux in PsycCritiques.

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