The Anna Karenina Theory of the Unconscious

Neuropsychoanalysis 13 (1):34-37 (2011)
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Ned Block
New York University
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The Anna Karenina Theory says: all conscious states are alike; each unconscious state is unconscious in its own way. This note argues that many components have to function properly to produce consciousness, but failure in any one of many different ones can yield an unconscious state in different ways. In that sense the Anna Karenina theory is true. But in another respect it is false: kinds of unconsciousness depend on kinds of consciousness
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