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What Is Knowledge of Reference?

John Campbell

in Reference and Consciousness

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780199243815
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597145 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199243816.003.0003

Series: Oxford Cognitive Science Series

 What Is Knowledge of Reference?

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Knowledge of the reference of a demonstrative is provided by conscious attention to the object. This conscious attention causes and justifies your use of particular information‐processing procedures to verify and to find the implications of propositions involving the term. Feature‐integration theory provides a way of characterizing how conscious attention can recruit information in different processing streams to verify propositions about a single perceived object; we can give a parallel account of action on the object. This approach provides an explanation of the appeal of the idea that binding mechanisms are a neural correlate of consciousness.

Keywords: attention; binding; feature‐integration; neural correlate of consciousness; reference

Chapter.  10639 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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