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DEFINING CONSCIOUSNESS

Velmans, M. (1997) DEFINING CONSCIOUSNESS. [Conference Paper] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The following extracts with connecting comments suggest a departure point for a definitions of consciousness that preserves its everyday phenomenology while allowing an understanding of what consciousness is to deepen as scientific investigation proceeds. I argue that current definitions are often theory-driven rather than following the contours of ordinary experience. Consequently they are sometimes too broad, sometimes too narrow, and sometimes not definitions of phenomenal consciousness at all. As an alternative, an ecologically valid, reflexive approach to consciousness is suggested that is consistent with science and with common sense.

Item Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:Consciousness, definitions, dualism, reductionism, reflexive model, perceptual projection, science. subjective, objective.
Subjects:Psychology > Perceptual Cognitive Psychology
Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
ID Code:395
Deposited By:Velmans, Professor Max,
Deposited On:01 Dec 1999
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:53

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