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Consciousness and Decision-Making

David Hodgson

in Rationality + Consciousness = Free Will

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199845309
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932269 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199845309.003.0005

Series: Philosophy of Mind Series

Consciousness and Decision-Making

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In Chapter 4, I outline my views concerning conscious experiences, and I identify three distinguishing features of conscious processes that I contend contribute to decision-making, namely subjectivity, qualia and unity. I argue that consciousness must have a role to play in our decision-making, and that this role is not one that could be performed by rule-determined processes (if it were, consciousness would be a superfluity).

Keywords: consciousness; dual aspect; subjectivity; qualia; unity; neural correlates; decision-making; conscious contribution

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Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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