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Prospects for the Scientific Study of Phenomenal Consciousness

David Papineau

in Thinking about Consciousness

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780199243822
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598166 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199243824.003.0008
 Prospects for the Scientific Study of Phenomenal Consciousness

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Many scientists hope that brain research will identify the material nature of conscious states. Papineau argues that when it comes to the “hard problem” of identifying the material referents of phenomenal concepts, scientific research can only take us so far. This is because phenomenal concepts are vague and do not point determinately to specific material states. This chapter also looks at Higher‐Order Thought (HOT) and representational accounts of consciousness.

Keywords: consciousness; hard problem; higher‐order theories of consciousness; HOT; phenomenal concepts; representational theories of consciousness; science of consciousness; vagueness

Chapter.  20689 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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