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Author Hurlburt, Russell T.
Title Describing inner experience? : proponent meets skeptic / Russell T. Hurlburt, Eric Schwitzgebel.
Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, [2007]

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Author Hurlburt, Russell T.
Series Life and mind
Life and mind.
Subject Consciousness.
Psychological Theory.
Alt Name Schwitzgebel, Eric.
Description 1 online resource (viii, 322 pages).
polychrome rdacc
Note "A Bradford book."
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-318) and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. Can there be a satisfactory introspective method? (Hurlburt) -- 3. Descartes inverted (Schwitzgebel) -- 4. The first sampling day -- 5. The second sampling day -- 6. The third sampling day -- 7. The fourth sampling day -- 8. The fifth sampling day -- 9. The sixth sampling day -- 10. Eric's reflections (Schwitzgebel) -- 11. Russ's reflections (Hurlburt) -- 12. Eric's response to Russ, and some parting thoughts (Schwitzgebel).
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Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
Summary A psychologist and a philosopher with opposing viewpoints discuss the extent to which it is possible to report accurately on our own conscious experience, considering both the reliability of introspection in general and the particular self-reported inner experiences of "Melanie," a subject interviewed using the Descriptive Experience Sampling method. Can conscious experience be described accurately? Can we give reliable accounts of our sensory experiences and pains, our inner speech and imagery, our felt emotions? The question is central not only to our humanistic understanding of who we are but also to the burgeoning scientific field of consciousness studies. The two authors of Describing Inner Experience disagree on the answer: Russell Hurlburt, a psychologist, argues that improved methods of introspective reporting make accurate accounts of inner experience possible; Eric Schwitzgebel, a philosopher, believes that any introspective reporting is inevitably prone to error. In this book the two discuss to what extent it is possible to describe our inner experience accurately. Hurlburt and Schwitzgebel recruited a subject, "Melanie," to report on her conscious experience using Hurlburt's Descriptive Experience Sampling method (in which the subject is cued by random beeps to describe her conscious experience). The heart of the book is Melanie's accounts, Hurlburt and Schwitzgebel's interviews with her, and their subsequent discussions while studying the transcripts of the interviews. In this way the authors' dispute about the general reliability of introspective reporting is steadily tempered by specific debates about the extent to which Melanie's particular reports are believable. Transcripts and audio files of the interviews will be available on the MIT Press website. Describing Inner Experience? is not so much a debate as it is a collaboration, with each author seeking to refine his position and to replace partisanship with balanced critical judgment. The result is an illumination of major issues in the study of consciousness--from two sides at once.
ISBN 9780262275934 (electronic bk.)
0262275937 (electronic bk.)
9781435609075 (electronic bk.)
1435609077 (electronic bk.)
9780262083669 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
0262083663 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 182545402
Additional Format Print version: Hurlburt, Russell T. Describing inner experience?. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2007 9780262083669 0262083663 (DLC) 2007002122 (OCoLC)80019958

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