Conscious experience, reduction and identity: many explanatory gaps, one solution

Philosophical Psychology 17 (2):225-245 (2004)
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This paper considers the so-called explanatory gap between brain activity and conscious experience. A number of different, though closely related, explanatory gaps are distinguished and a monistic account of conscious experience, a version of Herbert Feigl’s “twofold-access theory,” is advocated as a solution to the problems they are taken to pose for physicalist accounts of mind. Although twofold-access theory is a version of the mind-body identity thesis, it in no way “eliminates” conscious experience; rather, it provides a parsimonious and explanatorily fruitful theory of the consciousness-body relation which faithfully preserves the nature of conscious experience while going quite far in “bridging” the various explanatory gaps distinguished below.
Keywords explanatory gap  consciousness  mind-brain identy theory  Feigl  twofold-access theory
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DOI 10.1080/0951508042000239057
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