“Purple Haze, All Around” Consciousness and Cognition

Joseph Levine

in Purple Haze

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780195132359
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833375 | DOI:

Series: Philosophy of Mind Series

 “Purple Haze, All Around” Consciousness and Cognition

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The complex relationship between intentionality and consciousness is explored. First, various zombie puzzles are considered that tend to throw doubt on the pro‐qualia position. In response, it is argued that the nature of our cognitive relation to our own conscious experience cannot be assimilated to that of our cognitive relation to other objects and properties. The problem of “duality” is explored – that conscious experiences seem to include both act and object of awareness – and the notion of a phenomenally constituted concept or judgment is introduced. Finally, it is argued that no currently available materialist theory can account for these features of first‐person cognition.

Keywords: concept; duality; first‐person cognition; intentionality; judgment; phenomenal; zombie

Chapter.  12769 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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