Thoughts on the Scientific Study of Phenomenal Consciousness

Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice 8 (74-80) (2021)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

This Target paper is about the hard problem of phenomenal consciousness (i.e., how is subjective experience possible given the scientific presumption that everything from molecules to minerals to minds is wholly physical?). I first argue that one of the most valuable tools in the scientific arsenal (metaphor) cannot be recruited to address the hard problem due to the inability to forge connections between the stubborn fact of subjective experience and physically grounded models of scientific explanation. I then argue that adherence to the physicalist tenets of contemporary science has a limiting effect on a full appreciation of the phenomenon under discussion.

Links

PhilArchive

External links

  • This entry has no external links. Add one.
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Reducing Consciousness by Making it Hot A Review of Peter Carruthers' Phenomenal Consciousness.Robert Lurz - 2002 - PSYCHE: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Research On Consciousness 8.
Phenomenal consciousness and intentionality.Dana K. Nelkin - 2001 - PSYCHE: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Research On Consciousness 7.
Suffering without subjectivity.Peter Carruthers - 2004 - Philosophical Studies 121 (2):99-125.
Phenomenal Consciousness.Dmitry Ivanov - 2009 - Analytica 3:19-36.
An epistemological theory of consciousness?Pete Mandik - 2008 - In Alessio Plebe & Vivian De La Cruz (eds.), Philosophy in the Neuroscience Era. Squilibri.
The Significance of Attention.Sebastian Watzl - 2010 - Dissertation, Columbia University
Perceptual Intentionality. Attention and Consciousness.Naomi Eilan - 1998 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 43:181-202.
Hard, Harder, Hardest.Katalin Balog - 2020 - In Arthur Sullivan (ed.), Sensations, Thoughts, and Language: Essays in Honor of Brian Loar. New York, USA: Routledge. pp. 265-289.

Analytics

Added to PP
2020-01-22

Downloads
696 (#12,745)

6 months
136 (#5,055)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Stanely Bernard Klein
University of California at Santa Barbara

Citations of this work

Quantification, Conceptual Reduction and Theoretical Under-determination in Psychological Science.Stan Klein - 2021 - Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice 8 (1):95-103.
The pragmatic use of metaphor in empirical psychology.Rami Gabriel - 2022 - History of the Human Sciences 35 (3-4):291-316.

Add more citations