Conceiving simple experiences

Journal of Mind and Behavior 22 (3):263-86 (2001)
Abstract
That consciousness is composed of simple or basic elements that combine to form complex experiences is an idea with a long history. This idea is approached through an examination of our “picture” or conception of consciousness (CC). It is argued that CC commits us to a certain abstract notion of simple experiential events, or simples, and that traditional critiques of simple elements of experience do not threaten simples. To the extent that CC is taken to conform to how consciousness really is, therefore, the concept of simples must be treated in kind.
Keywords Consciousness  Content  Experience  History  Metaphysics
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