Phenomenal Consciousness Disembodied

In Justin Sytsma (ed.), Advances in Experimental Philosophy of Mind. Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 45-74 (2014)

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Mark Phelan
Lawrence University
Wesley Buckwalter
University of Manchester
Abstract
We evaluate the role of embodiment in ordinary mental state ascriptions. Presented are five experiments on phenomenal state ascriptions to disembodied entities such as ghosts and spirits. Results suggest that biological embodiment is not a central principle of folk psychology guiding ascriptions of phenomenal consciousness. By contrast, results continue to support the important role of functional considerations in theory of mind judgments.
Keywords theory of mind  mental states  experimental philosophy  functionalism  embodiment
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