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Heidegger and the Problem of Consciousness

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2019.03.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Nancy J. Holland, Heidegger and the Problem of Consciousness, Indiana University Press, 2018, 132pp., $38.00 (pbk) ISBN 9780253035943. Reviewed by Joe Balay, Christopher Newport University The title of Nancy Holland's new study is ambiguous. A book on Heidegger and consciousness? Does the author mean Husserl and consciousness? After all, is Heidegger a thinker of consciousness or one of its most profound critics? Should the reader hear the title as promising an explication of Heidegger's contribution to the longstanding mind/body problem, or as Heidegger's problematization of the very question? This ambiguity constitutes the intrigue of Holland's investigation. To be clear, Holland's study is aimed at re-thinking the question of consciousness by drawing on the work of Heidegger. Her target is the Cartesian legacy of dualism and the prevailing trend in philosophy to subordinate the mental to the physical. Holland argues that... Read More

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