Consciousness by Sara Heinämaa, Vili Lähteenmäki, Pauliina Remes

By Sara Heinämaa, Vili Lähteenmäki, Pauliina Remes

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49 In this light, the problem becomes how we can accommodate consciousness with all its features so that they comply with our causal–functional explanations about the rest of natural phenomena. The monistically materialistic or physicalistic ontology of contemporary naturalism leaves basically two options to deal with consciousness: the naturalist can either try to do away with it, or, if he is reluctant to “eliminate” consciousness from reality, he is bound to treat it as natural through and through.

14 Socrates focuses on the ability to make judgements that are in some way or another comparative, across different sense-modalities. This focus on judgements indicates that the centralizing, or co-ordinating faculty, “soul or whatever one ought to call it”, is essentially cognitive. So, for example, we might be able to judge of a sound that it is occurring now, and also of a sight or vision that it is occurring now. And in so doing, we recognize that we are attributing the very same property to two different events.

Davidson, Donald, Subjective, Intersubjective, Objective (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002); Sorabji 2006. g. his Twilight of the Idols and The Anti-Christ, trans. J. Hollingdale (London: Penguin, 2003): “‘Reason’ in philosophy”, esp. §5, 47–48, original Götzen – Dämmerung (1888). INTRODUCTION 21 diverse as kinaesthesia and proprioception or perceptual awareness and thought, forming a layer of mentality upon which higher functions are founded. 45 There is a cluster of recurring problems connected to the concept of reflexivity, a brief inquiry into which will also reveal the basic differences in the ways of using this concept.

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