Chapter

The Boundary Problem for Experiencing Subjects

Gregg Rosenberg

in A Place for Consciousness

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780195168143
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850075 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168143.003.0004

Series: Philosophy of Mind Series

The Boundary Problem for Experiencing Subjects

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Since physicalism is inadequate to place conscious experience in the universe, the author looks at a version of Liberal Naturalism as an alternative. Liberal Naturalism is the view that nature is built on a single fundamental kind and some aspects or properties of this fundamental natural kind are not physical. Although Liberal Naturalism might seem adequate, the author finds it too liberating. Thus, this chapter provides a brief discussion on the problems and challenges it faces. The author also illustrates in this chapter how consciousness can exist at the middle level of nature and examines its causal relevance.

Keywords: physicalism; conscious experience; Liberal Naturalism; consciousness; nature

Chapter.  6986 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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