The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory
David J. Chalmers, 1996

Part I. Foundations

Chapter 1. Two Concepts of Mind

Section 1. What is consciousness?

Section 2. The phenomenal and the psychological concepts of mind

Section 3. The double life of mental terms

Section 4. The two mind-body problems

Section 5. Two concepts of consciousness

Chapter 2. Supervenience and Explanation

Section 1. Supervenience

Section 2. Reductive explanation

Section 3. Logical supervenience and reductive explanation

Section 4. Conceptual truth and logical truth

Section 5. Almost everything is logically supervenient on the physical

Part II. The Irreducability of Consciousness

Chapter 3. Can Consciousness be Reductively Explained?

Section 1. Is consciousness logically supervenient on the physical

Section 2. The failure of reductive explanation

Section 3. Cognitive modeling

Section 4. Neurobiological explanation

Section 5. The appeal to new physics

Section 6. Evolutionary explanation

Section 7. Whither reductive explanation

Chapter 4. Naturalistic Dualism

Section 1. An argument agains materialism

Section 2. Objections from a posteriori necessity

Section 3. Other arguments for dualism

Section 4. Is this epiphenomenalism?

Section 5. The logical geography of the issues

Section 6. Reflections on naturalistic dualism

Chapter 5. The Paradox of Phenomenal Judgement

Section 1. Consciousness and cognition

Section 2. The paradox of phenomenal judgement

Section 3. On explaining phenomenal judgements

Section 4. Arguments against explanatory irrelevance

Section 5. The argument from self-knowledge

Section 6. The argument from memory

Section 7. The argument from reference

Section 8. The content of phenomenal beliefs

Part III. Toward a Theory of Consciousness

Chapter 6. The Coherence Between Consciousness and Cognition

Section 1. Toward a nonreductive theory

Section 2. Principles of coherence

Section 3. More on the notion of awareness

Section 4. The explanatory role of coherence principles

Section 5. Coherence as a psychophysical law

Chapter 7. Absent Qualia, Fading Qualia, Dancing Qualia

Section 1. The principle of organizational invariance

Section 2. Absent qualia

Section 3. Fading qualia

Section 4. Inverted qualia

Section 5. Dancing qualia

Section 6. Nonreductive functionalism

Chapter 8. Consciousness and Information: Some Speculation

Section 1. Toward a fundamental theory

Section 2. Aspects of information

Section 3. Some supporting arguments

Section 4. Is experience ubiquitous

Section 5. The metaphysics of information

Section 6. Open questions

Part IV. Applications

Chapter 9. Strong Artificial Intelligence

Section 1. Machine consciousness

Section 2. On implementing a computation

Section 3. In defense of strong AI

Section 4. The chinese room and other objections

Section 5. External objections

Section 6. Conclusion

Chapter 10. The Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

Section 1. Two mysteries

Section 2. The framework of quantum mechanics

Section 3. Interpreting quantum mechanics

Section 4. The Everett interpretation

Section 5. Objections to the Everett interpretation

Section 6. Conclusion

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