Varieties of Presence


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The world shows up for us - it is present in our thought and perception. But, as Alva Noe contends in his latest exploration of the problem of consciousness, it doesn't show up for free. The world is not simply available; it is achieved rather than given. As with a painting in a gallery, the world has no meaning - no presence to be experienced - apart from our able engagement with it. We must show up, too, and bring along what knowledge and skills we've cultivated. This means that education, skills acquisition, and ...

Varieties of Presence 2012, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass

ISBN-13: 9780674062146