These are a philosopher's pages. Writings by him are in them, many on consciousness and mind in philosophy and science, many on right and wrong in politics, some on terrorisms, some on other philosophers and relations with them. Two new books are announced. There are papers on determinism, freedom and responsibility by others as well as him
. For the full list of contents for the website, go to the index. One commitment in all this is to mainstream or mainline philosophy, which is not ownership of but 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, about what is right, is to the Principle of Humanity, a different consequentialism. Below here, a further preview of website contents, and links to talks or lectures, a cv, and images.


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          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, first is that with consciousness in perceiving, what is actual is a spatio-temporal piece or stage out there of a physical world, usually a room. Not sense data, any other representations, a self, functional or cognitive-science relations, some constitution or structure of consciousness, or whatever else from the histories of philosophy and science, 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.

And being actual in all cases is being subjectively physical, differently so with perceptual consciousness as against each of cognitive and affective consciousness. No representationism by itself is a sufficient account of cognitive and affective consciousness. 

The subjectively physical as a whole, all parts being open to full and explicit characterization, no gesturing, is one great category of all physicality, the other being objective physicality, where we need to begin. 

Actualism right or wrong is therefore a wholly different  physicalism from predecessors, both in what it includes and what it excludes. 

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 is argued to satisfy assembled criteria better than any competing theory. It denies unique mystery about mind, any obstacle to science. It claims to explain subjectivity fully, only partly by having a real physical world dependent not only on the objective physical world but on you neurally. Despite being persistently worked out, is it a programme? It may be philosophically as well as scientifically fertile.

Actual Consciousness, whatever its worth and future, is long, diligent, new and different, and at least for those reasons challenging to readers, maybe even hardened philosophical readers. If with a cheerful guide and companion, and without pitfalls or perils or indulgences in specialities, it is a very considerable journey. So I now give in to the temptation to mention various additional anticipations of it. 

Longer summary of Actual Consciousness

Book forepages -- Contents, Introduction 

Actual Consciousness -- a lecture

Oxford University Press Catalogue


Royal Institute of Philosophy Annual Lectures
Edited by Ted Honderich
Oxford University Press

The 17 lectures are put into five groups, as shown below. They are preceded by brief intoductory summaries by the chairman of all the lectures, Ted Honderich. Turn if you wish to the general introduction to the volume. Turn too if you wish to one of the short introductory summaries, others to succeed one another on this website, each for a week or two.

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 papers, chapters, lectures, reviews, a speech or two, some television and so on on include a lot of subjects. Consciousness, the mind, Actualism, functionalism and cognitive science, Davidson's Anomalous Monism, 
mind-brain dualism, physicalism, Roland Penrose's inner tubes, David Papineau's physicalism, that left-behind Union Theory of consciousness and brain.
Causation, Russell's great Theory of Descriptions and Strawson's objection and a defence of Russell, two views of the Logical Positivist A. J. Ayer, effects taken as merely high probabilities.
Politics and hence right and wrong, consequentialism about rightness, equality and its obvious problem, the Principle of Humanity, maybe that attitude's holiness, conservatism and liberalism, hierarchic democracy,  civil disobedience, Marx and Mill, Anti-Semitism and the Semitic Inhumanity that includes neo-Zionist philosophy, terrorisms, the moral right of the Palestinians to their terrorism, war and the terrorist-war criminal Blair. Determinism's relation to freedom and responsibility, the absurdity of both the ideas that determinism is compatible and determinism is incompatible with freedom.
Philosophical autobiography, philosophers attacks and defences and public rows, and more.

Here is a quick selection from those various categories.

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

Thoughts after the book After The Terror on our culpable omissions in a loss of 20 million years of living time in Africa

John Searle and Property Dualism

A book interview with Ted Honderich on American state terrorism

Dan Dennett, a review of Honderich on determinism

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

Thinking about the nature of  time -- the relations of before and after as against past and present

A letter to the editor against a distinguished scientist about philosophy as dead etc.

Doyle on Honderich on determinism and freedom

A tv interview & transcript about Palestine

Excerpts from 11 papers by others and from T.H.'s replies in a book on his now outlived and abandoned thinking about consciousness -- the Union Theory.

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

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

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

On Understanding, Endorsing or Inciting Terrorism

A Greek interview -- Mass Civil Disobedience Today

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

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

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

More on determinism and freedom by Manuel Vargas & Ted Honderich

On Bernard Williams on moral luck, and other philosophers on other items, thoughts on them

Terrorist-war criminals such as Blair

Danish interview, gratifying

English interview at the Garrick Club

Is the mind ahead of the brain or behind it? Superior thoughts on the neuroscientist Libet.

On the hopeless idea that effects are only high probabilities

Chomsky on simple truths

Galen Strawson on free will

You gotta read it -- a review of Searle on mind, language and society

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

Honderich, McGinn, Strohminger -- academic rows and insults about two reviewed books, one being Honderich's On Consciousness , another being McGinn's on the subject of disgust.

Excerpts from 11 papers by others and from Honderich's replies in a book on his now outlived thinking about consciousness and radical externalism

From that book, seeing things & intentionality in seeing

Our air war on Libya



Kings College London, 24 Jan

Royal Institute of Philosophy 28 Feb

St. Andrews, Apr 1

Hay on Wye festival, lecture on consciousness 27 May

Hay on Wye, panel discussion with Thomas Pogge on world poverty also 27 May

New York University, consciousness, Sept 29

CUNY Graduate Centre, consciousness, Oct 1

Muswell Hill Bookshop, 17 Oct

Bursa, Turkey, Oct, tentative 

Magdeburg, Germany, Nov

Berlin School of Brain and Mind, Humboldt University, Nov


Oxford Brookes University Feb 16

Oxford University Continuing Education May 16-17

Curriculum Vitae



Invitation to this open philosophical website:   Submissions are welcome on determinism, free will, mind,  political moralities, Palestine, neo-Zionism etc.