WorldCat Identities

Kirk, Robert 1933-

Works: 6 works in 89 publications in 1 language and 4,823 library holdings
Genres: Miscellanea 
Roles: Author
Classifications: B808.9, 126
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Robert Kirk
Raw feeling : a philosophical account of the essence of consciousness by Robert Kirk( Book )

20 editions published between 1984 and 2011 in English and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Consciousness is a perennial source of mystification in the philosophy of mind: how could processes in the brain amount to conscious experiences? Robert Kirk uses the notion of 'raw feeling' to bridge the intelligibility gap between our knowledge of ourselves as physical organisms and our knowledge of ourselves as subjects of experience; he argues that there is no need for recourse to dualism or private mental objects. The task is to understand how the truth about raw feeling could be strictly implied by narrowly physical truths. Kirk's explanation turns on an account of what it is to be a subject of conscious perceptual experience. He offers penetrating analyses of the philosophical problems of consciousness and suggests novel solutions which, unlike their rivals, can be accepted without gritting one's teeth
Translation determined by Robert Kirk( Book )

11 editions published in 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zombies and consciousness by Robert Kirk( Book )

19 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"His book has two main aims. One is to demolish the zombie idea once and for all. There are plenty of objections to it in the literature, but they lack intuitive appeal. He offers a striking new argument which reveals fundamental confusions in the implied conception of consciousness. His other main contribution is to develop a fresh and original approach to the true nature of phenomenal consciousness."--Jacket
Mind and body by Robert Kirk( Book )

15 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relativism and reality : a contemporary introduction by Robert Kirk( Book )

15 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is reality independent of our thinking, or does it depend on our point of view? Robert Kirk provides a clear account of this debate from the Greek philosophers to Wittgenstein and Rorty
The conceptual link from physical to mental by Robert Kirk( Book )

9 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How are truths about physical and mental states related? Robert Kirk articulates and defends 'redescriptive physicalism' - a fresh approach to the connection between the physical and the mental, which answers the problems that mental causation has traditionally raised for other non-reductive views
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Audience level: 0.43 (from 0.05 for Relativism ... to 0.62 for The concep ...)

Alternative Names
Robert Kirk British philosopher

English (87)

Zombies and consciousnessMind and bodyRelativism and reality : a contemporary introduction