Philosophy of Consciousness

A Draft

by Pavel B. Ivanov



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/20/2009

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 292
ISBN : 9781426902451
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 292
ISBN : 9781426907906
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 292
ISBN : 9781426910982

About the Book

The book gives a preliminary exposition of an entirely new philosophy of consciousness and subjectivity, together with an introduction to the hierarchical approach and hierarchical logic, underlying further conceptualizations. The key point of this philosophy is the unity of the world; a consistent development of this principle leads to the definition of the subject as universal mediation, which allows indicating phenomena akin to consciousness in the inanimate nature and life, as well as formulating the distinction of conscious activity from these two levels. The hierarchy of subjectivity is described in parallel with the hierarchy of nature and cultural hierarchies, with a continuum of intermediate forms between them. The material and the ideal are presented as two aspects of the same reality, always implying each other. Consciousness is shown to arise from the reflection of the people’s ways of producing things, and the essential ideality of consciousness is related to its material implementations. The epistemology of consciousness follows from its meditative function: subjectivity cannot be observed directly and the only way people can detect their consciousness is to imprint it in their products, thus making it observable as an object. The distinctive features of conscious behavior determine the ethics of consciousness.

About the Author

Pavel B. Ivanov (also known as Paul Jones) has been developing a general hierarchical approach since 1980s. He studied physics, psychology and philosophy at Moscow State University, then worked in theoretical physics (PhD since 1989). He has publications in atomic physics, theoretical aesthetics, and philosophy. Currently, he works as IT manager and programmer, with the interest in hierarchical databases and complex workflow automation.