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The Coherence of Consciousness

Kathleen V. Wilkes

in Real People

Published in print November 1993 | ISBN: 9780198240808
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680281 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240808.003.0006

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

The Coherence of Consciousness

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This chapter attempts to take consciousness to pieces, showing how it is not a notion that can be relied on to solve the perplexing questions in the book. It rounds off the examination of the sixth ‘condition of personhood’, the condition that picks on consciousness of some special kind as being of central importance to being a person. It argues that this is a misleading condition, which encourages one to look in the wrong places for what matters about being a person. It concludes that a person is an intelligent, thinking being, that has reason and reflection, and can consider itself as itself, the same thinking, in different times and places.

Keywords: consciousness; personhood; self-consciousness; REM sleep; conscious unity

Chapter.  13203 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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