STOPPARD, Tom. The Hard Problem.

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STOPPARD, Tom The Hard Problem London: Faber & Faber, 2015.

8vo., publisher's cloth-backed publisher's boards, contrasting embossed black painted label to spine gilt; housed in the original matching publisher's olive-green slipcase; matching green endpapers; pp. [xvi], 3-77, [v]; fine, complete, still, in the publisher's brown paper with white printed label.
Limitied to just 100 copies signed by Stoppard. This copy no. 2.
The title refers to the 'Hard Problem of Consciousness', a philosophical concept by which 'qualia' or conscious experiences, attempt to be explained. The term was first coined by philosopher David Chalmers back in the 1990s.
After a hiatus of nine years, Stoppard's story follows Hilary, a young psychology student hoping to land a PhD position at the prestigious Krohl Institute for Brain Science. Most of the exposition takes place between these two characters, with Hilary putting forward the traditional arguments against a materialist explanation of the world, and Spike caustically rebutting them.