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Consciousness: what it is, how to study it, what to learn from its history.

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Abstract:

This article is a version of the first half of an introduction to an anthology on consciousness. It is aimed at tracing the study of consciousness in psychology roughly since psychology pulled itself apart from philosophy as an independent discipline in the late nineteenth century. The second half, which will appear as a sequel to the present article, will cover the various philosophical problems involving consciousness, and trace the consciousness debate to date. The two articles are intended as a general introduction to the forthcoming special issue, Explaining Consciousness: the Hard Problem.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-4115, USA.

Publication date: 1995-01-01

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