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Titolo:
Consciousness and the state/transitive/creature distinction
Autore:
McBride, R;
Indirizzi:
Univ Calif Berkeley, Dept Philosophy, Berkeley, CA 94720 USA Univ Calif Berkeley Berkeley CA USA 94720 losophy, Berkeley, CA 94720 USA
Titolo Testata:
PHILOSOPHICAL PSYCHOLOGY
fascicolo: 2, volume: 12, anno: 1999,
pagine: 181 - 196
SICI:
0951-5089(199906)12:2<181:CATSD>2.0.ZU;2-B
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
EXPERIENCE;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Citazioni:
22
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: McBride, R Univ Calif Berkeley, Dept Philosophy, Berkeley, CA 94720 USA Univ Calif Berkeley Berkeley CA USA 94720 rkeley, CA 94720 USA
Citazione:
R. McBride, "Consciousness and the state/transitive/creature distinction", PHILOS PSYC, 12(2), 1999, pp. 181-196

Abstract

This essay examines the grammatical structure underlying the use of the word "conscious". Despite the existence of this grammatical structure, I reject the assumption that actual consciousness has a similar structure. Specifically, I reject the claim that consciousness consists of three subtypes: state consciousness, transitive consciousness, and creature consciousness. Ioffer an inductive argument and a deductive argument that no such psychological entities exist. The inductive argument: given the lack of evidence orarguments for the entities and given that a tripartite consciousness structure evolved from a tripartite grammatical habit, it would be far tao coincidental if the grammatical distinction mirrored a psychological distinction. The deductive argument (a reductio ad absurdum) shows that absurd conclusions follow from assuming the existence of three distinct psychological entities. Furthermore, the verbal habits that motivate the distinction are rendered more intelligible under a "Unitary Thesis': the idea that verbal distinctions involving use of the word "conscious" are unified in their reliance on a single ontological unit, that of conscious experience.

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