Against functionalist theories of consciousness

Mind and Language 9 (2):105-23 (1994)
Abstract
The paper contains an argument against functionalist theories of consciousness. The argument exploits an intuition to the effect that parts of an individual's brain (or of whatever else might realize the individual's mental states, processes, etc.) that are not in use at a time t, can have no bearing on whether that individual is conscious at t. After presenting the argument, I defend it against two possible objections, and then distinguish it from two arguments to which it appears, on the surface to be similar.
Keywords Consciousness  Functionalism  Mental States  Metaphysics  Mind
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