The Conscious and Phenomenal Character of Thought: Reflections on their Possible Dissociation

Phenomenology and Mind 10:p.44-56 (2016)
Marta Jorba
University of the Basque Country
In this paper I focus on what we can call “the obvious assumption” in the debate between defenders and deniers (of the reductionist sort) of cognitive phenomenology: conscious thought is phenomenal and phenomenal thought is conscious. This assumption can be refused if “conscious” and "phenomenal” are not co-extensive in the case of thought. I discuss some prominent ways to argue for their dissociation and I argue that we have reasons to resist such moves, and thus, that the “obvious assumption” can be transformed into a grounded claim one can explicitly believe and defend.
Keywords phenomenal character  consciousness  cognitive phenomenology  cognitive access
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