This is a rich and helpful book for students of consciousness by one of the leading philosophers studying the subject. You will form your own views as to the credibility of Chalmers’ own theory of consciousness. It has a certain elegance – placing consciousness in the same category as gravity would, if appropriate, answer many questions. But that may just sound too convenient. The book, however, also provides an invaluable taxonomy of theories of consciousness, into which Chalmers’ own theory neatly falls. Moreover, it neatly puts paid to the idea that we can evade the true ‘hard’ problem of consciousness, why it feels like something.

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