The Success of Consciousness

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According to Honderich, consciousness, or more precisely, perceptual consciousness is the existence of a world. In the first and section sections of the paper, I consider the motivations for adopting this theory rather than representationalism or an ambitious development of disjunctivism. In the third section, I consider whether Honderich’s theory performs well with regard to what he considers a crucial feature of perceptual states, namely that they have causal consequences for our behaviour. In the fourth section, I discuss Honderich’s approach to reflective consciousness and argue that it contains an important insight that representationalists should use to answer a substantial objection against their position – one pressed by Honderich. I close with a brief discussion of the impact of hallucinations on Honderich’s theory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-119
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Consciousness Studies
Issue number7-8
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2006

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