Gregg Rosenberg

in A Place for Consciousness

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780195168143
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850075 | DOI:

Series: Philosophy of Mind Series


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The Theory of Natural Individuals is composed of three elements: the Theory of Causal Significance, the Carrier Theory of Causation, and the Consciousness Hypothesis. This chapter attempts to apply the Theory of Natural Individuals to the general understanding of related issues in philosophy, physics, and cognitive neuroscience and aims to further clarify the commitments and usefulness of the framework. It also briefly discusses the vital points of such framework and its relevance to three philosophical questions. Also, it explores some potential physical indications of natural individuality and examines two issues in cognitive neuroscience and how its physical aspects of conscious states cohere with the framework.

Keywords: Theory of Natural Individuals; Theory of Causal Significance; Carrier Theory of Causation; Consciousness Hypothesis; individuality; cognitive neuroscience; conscious states

Chapter.  10285 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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