Since most of the content for this blog comes from books that I happen to be reading, I’m going to make a list of books that I think are important for studying consciousness (reviews of which are or will be located on this blog, tagged as “Book Reviews” for ease of access). Below, I’ll also keep an up to date list of books that I am either reading or planning to read soon. Feel free to recommend anything that you think should be on here!
For briefer recommendations, read any (or all, I’d recommend—I have!) of the scholarly articles by any author listed below. They are obviously shorter, more self-contained introductions to specific aspects of the problem. In particular, I recommend Francis Crick and Christof Koch’s 1990 Paper “Towards a Neurobiological Theory of Consciousness” for those of an empirical bent. For the rest, Searle’s essays always prove to be enlightening. He wrote an article for Scientific American many, many years ago that remains one of the best introductions to the lay-reader that I’ve yet found.
Antonio Damasio’s Self Comes to Mind
David Chalmers’ The Conscious Mind
Descartes, specifically the Meditations
Searle’s Minds, Brains & Science
Christof Koch’s Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist
Plato, On The Soul
CURRENTLY READING, PLUS READING SOON:
Searle’s The Rediscovery of the Mind
Christof Koch’s The Quest for Consciousness: A Neurobiological Perspective
Dennett’s Consciousness Explained
Gilbert Ryle’s The Concept of Mind