Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 497–501 | Cite as

Eric Schwitzgebel: Perplexities of consciousness

MIT Press, Cambridge MA, 2011, 240 pp., ISBN: 9780262014908, Hardcover: $27.95/£19.95
  • Adrian AlsmithEmail author

A glance at the contents of this book might be enough to persuade that it is absolutely required reading for anyone interested in the study of consciousness. The discussion is replete with insight into a number of neglected topics: colour in dream experience (chapter 1), echolocation in auditory experience (chapter 4) and closed-eye visualisations (chapter 8). More familiar themes such as the spatial qualities presented in visual experience (chapter 2), visual imagery (chapter 3), the introspectionist movement (chapter 5), conscious attention and multisensory experience (chapter 6) are given genuinely novel treatment. Chapter 7, titled ‘The Unreliability of Introspection’ is almost a microcosm of the book as a whole; it is not quite representative of the entire book but it gives a strong flavour of the style of argument employed elsewhere, so the half-interested (or hurried) reader would be well advised to take it in as a taster. The book is written in accessible prose suitable for an...


  1. Schwitzgebel, E. (2011). Perplexities of consciousness. Cambridge: MIT Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Subjectivity Research, School of HumanitiesUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagen SDenmark

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