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A Systems‐Based Teleofunctional Theory of Consciousness

Craig Delancey

in Passionate Engines

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780195142716
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833153 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195142713.003.0010
 A Systems‐Based Teleofunctional Theory of Consciousness

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A theory of the relation between phenomenal experience and body states is introduced that solves the puzzles discussed in Ch. 9. Using a systems‐based theory of teleofunctions (or biological functions), phenomenal consciousness is found to supervene on those teleofunctions of which we are aware. The homeostatic intensity hypothesis is introduced to explain differences in the nature and intensity of experiences. These differences are explained by the different teleofunctions that are altered by, and the degree that they are altered by, some body event such as an emotion.

Keywords: biological function; emotion; homeostatic intensity; phenomenal consciousness; phenomenal experience; supervenience; teleofunction

Chapter.  9034 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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