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Philosophy and theory of consciousness
In this line of research, Prof. Antti Revonsuo has been developing a theoretical and philosophical view about consciousness called Biological Realism. This theory defines consciousness as a higher level of neurophysiological organization in the brain and characterizes phenomenal consciousness as a unified, subjective “world-simulation”, produced by the brain during wakefulness and, importantly, also during dreaming. Metaphysically, Biological Realism is a variety of emergent materialism (as a mind-body theory) and indirect, representative realism (as a theory of perception). Biological Realism has been formulated, discussed, and compared to other philosophical and theoretical approaches especially in the articles and books listed below:
 
 

Books:

Revonsuo A (2006) Inner Presence. Consciousness as a Biological Phenomenon. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. (First Hardback Edition, 473 pp. 2006;First Paperback Edition, 473 pp, 2009.)
        
Revonsuo A. (2010) Consciousness, The Science of Subjectivity. London: Psychology Press, (Hardback and Paperback editions, 325 pp. Translated editions in Russian (2013) and Turkish (2016).
Revonsuo A (2017) Foundations of Consciousness. London: Routledge. (in press)
Revonsuo A & Kamppinen M. (Eds.) (1994) Consciousness in Philosophy and Cognitive Neuroscience. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. (300 pp.)
 
 
 

Book Chapters:

Revonsuo A (forthcoming) Biological Naturalism and Biological Realism. In: Gennaro R (Ed.) The Routledge Companion to Consciousness.
Revonsuo A (2000) Prospects for a Scientific Research Program on Consciousness. In: Metzinger T (Ed.) Neural Correlates of Consciousness, 57-75. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Revonsuo A, Tuominen J, & Valli K (2016a) The Avatars in the Machine: Dreaming as a Simulation of Social Reality. In: Metzinger T & Windt J (Eds.) Open MIND: Philosophy and the Mind Sciences in the 21st Century, Vol. 2, pp. 1295-1322. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Revonsuo A, Tuominen J, & Valli K (2016b) The Simulation Theories of Dreaming: How to Make Theoretical Progress in Dream Science. In: Metzinger T & Windt J (Eds.) Open MIND: Philosophy and the Mind Sciences in the 21st Century, Vol. 2, pp. 1341-1348. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Journal Articles
Revonsuo A (2015) Hard to See the Problem? Journal of Consciousness Studies 22, 3-4:52-67.
Revonsuo A (1999) Binding and the Phenomenal Unity of Consciousness. Consciousness and Cognition 8(2), 173-185.
Revonsuo A. (1995) Consciousness, Dreams, and Virtual Realities. Philosophical Psychology 8: 35-58.
Revonsuo A. (1993) Is There a Ghost in the Cognitive Machinery? Philosophical Psychology 6: 387-405.
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