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Being all that we can be: A critical review of Thomas Metzinger's Being No One

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Some theorists approach the Gordian knot of consciousness by proclaiming its inherent tangle and mystery. Others draw out the sword of reduction and cut the knot to pieces. Philosopher Thomas Metzinger, in his important new book, Being No One: The Self-Model Theory of Subjectivity, instead attempts to disentangle the knot one careful strand at a time. The result is an extensive and complex work containing almost 700 pages of philosophical analysis, phenomenological reflection, and scientific data. The text offers a sweeping and comprehensive tour through the entire landscape of consciousness studies, and it lays out Metzinger's rich and stimulating theory of the subjective mind. Metzinger's skilled integration of philosophy and neuroscience provides a valuable framework for interdisciplinary research on consciousness.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: CUNY Graduate Center, Philosophy and Cognitive Science, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016-4309, USA., Email:

Publication date: January 1, 2003

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