Open Philosophy 1 (1):3-13 (2018)

Authors
Abstract
In this article, we look at the hard problem of consciousness from the perspective of process metaphysics. We thereby identify three problematic premises of the problem that pertain to the constitution of consciousness and its causal relation to the world. We argue for the necessity of re-thinking the corresponding phenomena in terms of internally-structured processes. The hard problem would then cease to be an insurmountable obstacle to a science of consciousness. Furthermore, this line of reasoning is shown to be continuous with philosophical projects from the early 20th century that preceded the contemporary philosophy of mind. Specifically, we investigate the relationship of parts and wholes, and translate metaphysical problems of consciousness into mereological language. Despite this being a philosophical project, we frequently note and discuss links to the empirical sciences, in particular those of quantum mechanics, systems theory and the embodied cognition framework.
Keywords process philosophy  mereology  hard problem
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s)
DOI 10.1515/opphil-2018-0002
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 70,307
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

What is It Like to Be a Bat?Thomas Nagel - 1974 - Philosophical Review 83 (October):435-50.
On Relations That Generate.Nelson Goodman - 1958 - Philosophical Studies 9 (5-6):65 - 66.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

What Difference Does Consciousness Make?Robert Van Gulick - 1989 - Philosophical Topics 17 (1):211-30.
Is Consciousness a Brain Process.Ullin T. Place - 1956 - British Journal of Psychology 47 (1):44-50.
Consciousness and Self-Consciousness.Uriah Kriegel - 2004 - The Monist 87 (2):182-205.
Is 'Consciousness' Ambiguous?Michael V. Antony - 2001 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 8 (2):19-44.
Shades of Consciousness.Roderic A. Girle - 1996 - Minds and Machines 6 (2):143-57.
Introduction.Michel Weber & Anderson Weekes - 2010 - In Michel Weber & Anderson Weekes (eds.), Process Approaches to Consciousness in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Philosophy of Mind. Albany: State University of New York Press. pp. 1-34.
Self-Consciousness and Intersubjectivity.Richard Dien Winfield - 2006 - Review of Metaphysics 59 (4):757-779.
On Consciousness.Ted Honderich - 2004 - Pittsburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Process, Quantum Coherence, and the Stream of Consciousness.Keith A. Choquette - 2007 - Journal of Mind and Behavior 28 (3-4):203-232.
Distinguishing Consciousness.Todd C. Moody - 1986 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 47 (December):289-95.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2018-08-08

Total views
14 ( #732,420 of 2,507,845 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #416,715 of 2,507,845 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes