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Conscious Subjects

Robert Kirk

in Raw Feeling

Published in print October 1996 | ISBN: 9780198236795
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679353 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236795.003.0005
Conscious Subjects

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To be a subject of conscious perceptual experience a system must have the Basic Package, understood realistically. Also some incoming perceptual information must act directly on its main assessment processes in a sense that must be explained more fully. But contrary to what many theorists maintain, no further cognitive sophistication is required. Having the Basic Package, with some perceptual information directly active, is sufficient as well as necessary for having conscious perceptual experience. This chapter defends that claim, focusing chiefly on perceptual experience. As a preliminary to the explanation of information being ‘directly active’, and in order to stress the relatively low level of cognitive sophistication that is needed, it begins by considering a rather humble creature: the stickleback or tiddler.

Keywords: consciousness; perceptual experience; stickleback; raw feeling; Back Package

Chapter.  15771 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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