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Conscious Experience Versus Conscious Thought

Peter Carruthers

in Consciousness

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780199277360
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602597 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199277362.003.0008
Conscious Experience Versus Conscious Thought

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Argues that there are different constraints on theories of conscious experience as against theories of conscious propositional thought. (So what is problematic or puzzling about each of these phenomena is not of the same, but of different, types.) But, argues, nevertheless, that it is plausible to think that both conscious experience and conscious thought involve some sort of self-reference. In pursuing these questions, the author explores the prospects for a defensible form of eliminativism concerning conscious thinking, one that would leave the reality of conscious experience untouched. In the end, he argues that while there might be no such thing as conscious judging or conscious wanting, there is (or may well be) such a thing as conscious generic thinking.

Keywords: conscious experience; conscious thought; eliminativism; inner speech; self-interpretation; self-reference

Chapter.  11078 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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