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The Consciousness Hypothesis

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/9780195168143.003.0013

Series: Philosophy of Mind Series

The Consciousness Hypothesis

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The Consciousness Hypothesis is an application of the Central Thesis that lifts experiencing up to full-fledged consciousness. This chapter evaluates several issues raised from the previous chapters in part 1 and demonstrates how the proposal presented here permits Liberal Naturalism to evade the explanatory failings of pure physicalism. Its explanatory success, however, is exemplified by solving the puzzles, paradoxes, and tensions confronting Liberal Naturalism. If the preeminent virtue guiding construction of the Theory of Causal Significance was simplicity while the Carrier Theory of Causation raised intelligibility and uniformity into position as equal partners, the Conscious Hypothesis is an attempt to show fruitfulness. In the latter part of this chapter, the author demonstrates how this fruitfulness supplements the philosophical reasons introduced earlier for accepting the existence of receptive connections and attempts to provide additional support to the model.

Keywords: Consciousness Hypothesis; Central Thesis; consciousness; physicalism; fruitfulness; Liberal Naturalism; Theory of Causal Significance; Carrier Theory of Causation; receptive connections

Chapter.  11374 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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