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Consciousness and the "Causal Paradox"

Velmans, Max (1996) Consciousness and the "Causal Paradox". [Journal (Paginated)]

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Abstract

Viewed from a first-person perspective consciousness appears to be necessary for complex, novel human activity - but viewed from a third-person perspective consciousness appears to play no role in the activity of brains, producing a "causal paradox". To resolve this paradox one needs to distinguish consciousness of processing from consciousness accompanying processing or causing processing. Accounts of consciousness/brain causal interactions switch between first- and third-person perspectives. However, epistemically, the differences between first- and third-person access are fundamental. First- and third-person accounts are complementary and mutually irreducible.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:psychological complementarity, causality, consciousness, first person, third person, causal paradox, mind, conscious process, perspectival switching, mixed perspective explanations
Subjects:Neuroscience > Behavioral Neuroscience
Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Philosophy > Epistemology
Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
ID Code:596
Deposited By:Velmans, Professor Max,
Deposited On:12 Feb 1998
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:54

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