Philosophia Christi

Volume 22, Issue 1, 2020

Symposium on Theistic Evolution

Matthew Owen
Pages 145-156

Conscious Matter and Matters of Conscience
An Opinionated Précis of The Feeling of Life Itself

In recent decades consciousness science has become a prominent field of research. This essay analyzes the most recent book by a leading pioneer in the scientific study of consciousness. In the The Feeling of Life Itself Christof Koch presents the integrated information theory and applies it to multiple pressing topics in consciousness studies. This essay considers the philosophical basis of the theory and Koch’s application of it from neurobiology to animal ethics.