These are a philosopher's pages. Writings by him are in them, many on consciousness, many on politics. Also papers on determinism and freedom, by him and 
others. One commitment in all this is to mainstream philosophy, which is a greater concentration than that of science on the logic of ordinary intelligence -- (i) clarity, usually analysis, (ii) consistency and validity, (iii) completeness, (iv) generalness. In short, thinking about facts rather than getting to them? Another commitment of these pages is to right and wrong, with what is right taken as being according to the Principle of Humanity.

But now a couple of announcements.




          To understand what it is to be conscious, don’t start with any of five leading philosophical ideas -- qualia, what it’s like to be something, traditional subjectivity, intentionality, phenomenality, or any bundle of them. Start with a figurative database. It leads to ordinary consciousness in the primary or core sense being initially adequately clarified, which kind of clarification is essential to inquiry and real agreement and disagreement, as something's being actual.  

The resulting wholly literal and explicit theory of consciousness, Actualism, is first that with consciousness in perceiving, what is actual is a spatio-temporal stage of a physical world out there, usually a room. Not representations, a self, functional or cognitive-science relations, whatever roles such things play in the associated unconscious mentality. With thinking and with wanting as against perceiving, what is actual, to be briefer than brief, is only representations-with-attitudes.

Being actual, second, is being subjectively physical, differently so with perceptual consciousness as against each of cognitive and affective consciousness. The subjectively physical as a whole, both parts being open to full characterization, is one great category of all physicality, the other being objective physicality. 

Actualism is therefore a wholly different  physicalism from predecessors. It is different too in being partly an externalism and partly an internalism or cranialism. It deals exclusively with the prime subject with respect to the philosophy and science of mind. It satisfies assembled criteria better than any competing theory. It denies unique mystery about mind. It explains subjectivity fully, only partly by having a real physical world dependent not only on the objective physical world but on you neurally. It may be philosophically as well as scientifically fertile. 

Short summary of Actual Consciousness

Book forepages: Contents, Acknowledgements, Introduction 

Actual Consciousness, A Lecture

Actual Consciousness the lecture handout / powerpoint

Oxford University Press Catalogue

book cover




The 17 lectures, put into five groups, are preceded by brief intoductory summaries by the chairman of all the lectures, Prof. Honderich, who also contributes a short general introduction.

Thomas Nagel, Conceiving the Impossible and the Mind-Body Problem

Peter Strawson, Perception and Its Objects

Tyler Burge, Perception: Where Mind Begins?

Jerry Fodor, The Revenge of the Given: Mental Representation Without Conceptualization

Ned Block, Attention and Mental Paint

John McDowell, Intention in Action


Christine Korsgaard, On Having a Good

Tom Scanlon, Reasons Fundamentalism

Simon Blackburn, The Sovereignty of Reason

Mary Warnock, What Is Natural and Should We Care About It?


John Searle, Freedom of the Will as a Problem in Neurobiology

Derek Parfit, We Are Not Human Beings

Anthony Kenny, Knowledge, Belief and Faith: Is Religion Really the Root of All Evil?


Noam Chomsky, Simple Truths, Hard Choices: Some Thoughts on Terror, Justice, and Self-Defence

Alasdair MacIntyre, Social Structures and Their Threats to Moral Agency

Jurgen Habermas, Religious Tolerance: The Pacemaker for Cultural Rights


Bernard Williams, Philosophy as a Humanist Discipline

David Chalmers, On the Limits of Philosophical Progress



The larger and smaller subjects of particular papers, chapters, lectures, reviews, a speech or two, some television and so on on this website include consciousness, the mind, functionalism, Anomalous Monism, causation, Russell's Theory of Descriptions and Strawson's objection, A. J. Ayer, politics and hence ethics, consequentialism about rightness, equality, the Principle of Humanity, conservatism and liberalism, hierarchic democracy, terrorism, civil disobedience, the moral right of the Palestinians, war and the terrorist-war criminal Blair, determinism's relation to freedom and responsibility, the end of both Compatibilism and Incompatibilism about determinism and freedom, philosophical autobiography, philosophical judgements, passions and disagreements, and more. Here is a short list of examples.

A recent and different idea on determinism owed to thinking about consciousness

A book interview with Ted Honderich on American state terrorism

Occupy London talks to the occupiers at St. Paul's Cathedral

John Searle and Property Dualism

Thinking about the nature of  time 

A letter to the editor about philosophy, time, etc.

Doyle on Honderich on determinism and freedom

A tv interview & transcript

Full lectures (Chomsky, Honderich etc) in a series on terror

Hay-on-Wye videos -- consciousness lecture and debate on terrorism -- & the talk Terrorisms, Wars, The New Teletubbies

A Neo-Zionist libel of anti-semitism and the fall and rise of a book in Germany

On Understanding, Endorsing or Inciting Terrorism.

A Greek interview -- Mass Civil Disobedience Today

The paper Effects, Determinism, Neither Compatibilism Nor Incompatibilism, Consciousness

Postscript to a German book-banning having to do with purported anti-semitism: The Absent Prof. Brumlik

Maybe true if traditional articles on determinism & freedom by McCall & McCann

Dan Dennett, a review of Honderich on determinism

A. J. Ayer, a review of Honderich on determinism

More on determinism and freedom by Manuel Vargas & Ted Honderich

Bernard Williams and others, thoughts on them

Ch.1 of How Free Are You? in French.

Terrorist-war criminals such as Blair

Danish interview

English interview at the Garrick Club

Papers or lectures by or about Chomsky and Galen Strawson

A slander of anti-semitism and the fall and rise of the book After the Terror in Germany

Honderich, McGinn, Strohminger -- academic rows about two reviewed books, one being TH's On Consciousness

From that book, seeing things & intentionality in seeing

Others' papers on the outlived past of Honderich's thinking about consciousness



Kings College London, 24 Jan

Royal Institute of Philosophy 28 Feb

St. Andrews, Apr 1

Hay on Wye, lecture on consciousness and also panel with Thomas Pogge on world poverty etc 27 May

New York University, consciousness, Sept 29

Graduate Centre, CUNY, consciousness, Oct 1

Oxford Brookes, Oct

Bursa, Turkey, Oct 

Magdeburg, Germany, Nov.




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