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The Explanatory Role of Consciousness

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/10.1093/0199243816.003.0008

Series: Oxford Cognitive Science Series

 The Explanatory Role of Consciousness

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Experience of the world explains how we can form the conception of properties and objects as categorical, rather than merely as complexes of dispositions. Sensational and representationalist views of the content of experience cannot explain how it is that experience can play this role. The relational view of experience accomplishes this. I look at the bearing of this view on traditional empiricism.

Keywords: categorical; dispositions; empiricism; experience; relational view

Chapter.  12272 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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