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Conclusion and Implications

Peter Carruthers

in The Opacity of Mind

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199596195
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731549 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199596195.003.0012
Conclusion and Implications

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This final chapter begins with a summary of the overall argument of the book. Thereafter it embarks on a brief discussion of some likely implications for surrounding issues in philosophy. In particular, if the interpretive sensory-access (ISA) theory of self-knowledge is correct, then we will need to conclude that there exist hardly any conscious propositional attitudes (although there are many other kinds of conscious mental event). As a result, there is no such thing as conscious agency, and our beliefs about moral responsibility may need to be re-examined.

Keywords: agency; conscious; consciousness; interpretive; propositional attitude; responsibility; self; self-knowledge; sensory-access; thought

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Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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