Philosophical Studies 86 (2):103-29 (1997)

Alex Byrne
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Consciousness is the subject of many metaphors, and one of the most hardy perennials compares consciousness to a spotlight, illuminating certain mental goings-on, while leaving others to do their work in the dark. One way of elaborating the spotlight metaphor is this: mental events are loaded on to one end of a conveyer belt by the senses, and move with the belt
Keywords Consciousness  Epistemology  Experience  Metaphysics  Objection
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DOI 10.1023/A:1017959107565
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