Journal of Consciousness Studies

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Journal of Consciousness Studies  
DisciplineCognitive science, neurophysiology, philosophy
Edited byValerie Gray Hardcastle
Publication details
Publication history
Imprint Academic
Standard abbreviations
J. Conscious. Stud.
OCLC no.32043673

The Journal of Consciousness Studies is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated entirely to the field of consciousness studies. It was previously edited by Joseph Goguen. It is currently edited by Professor Valerie Gray Hardcastle of the University of Cincinnati.


The journal was established in part to provide visibility across disciplines to various researchers approaching the problem of consciousness from their respective fields. The articles are usually in non-specialized language (in contrast to a typical academic journal) in order to make them accessible to those in other disciplines. This also serves to help make them accessible to laypersons.

In contrast to other journals, it attempts to incorporate fields beyond the realm of the natural sciences and the social sciences such as the humanities, philosophy, critical theory, comparative religion, and mysticism.


Some examples of articles published in the journal:

  • "The Astonishing Hypothesis" (1994) - Francis Crick & J. Clark
  • "Facing Up to the Problem of Consciousness" (1995) - David Chalmers
  • "Facing Backwards on the Problem of Consciousness" (1996) - Daniel Dennett
  • "In the Theatre of Consciousness" (1997) - Bernard Baars
  • "The 'Shared Manifold' Hypothesis: From Mirror Neurons to Empathy" (2001) - Vittorio Gallese

Single theme issues[edit]

From time to time, the journal publishes collections of thematically or topically related academic papers. These often take the form of a double issue.

Notable contributors[edit]

Reporting on Conferences[edit]

The journal reports on conferences, notably the Toward a Science of Consciousness (TSC) conference, which is organized by the Center for Consciousness Studies based at the University of Arizona in Tucson. See, for example, TSC 2012.[1]

Papers from the first Online Consciousness Conference were published in a special issue of JCS in April 2010.[2]


  1. ^ "A Thousand Flowers". Journal of Consciousness Studies. 19 (7–8): 247–70. July–August 2012.
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