Synthese 98 (1):73-93 (1994)
Various reflections on the nature of consciousness, partly inspired by Alastair Hannay's views on the subject, are presented. In particular, its reality as a distinct non-physical existence is defended against such alternatives as have dominated philosophy for many years. The main difficulty in such a defense concerns the contingency it seems to imply as to the relations between consciousness and its expression in behaviour. But it only implies such contingency if some version of the Humean principle that there cannot be necessary connections between distinct existences is assumed. It is more promising to see this relation as the falsification of this Humean principle and thus avoid what seems the main recommendation of behaviourism, functionalism etc. Some final reflections on the nature of the physical suggest that something like consciousness may be the noumenal essence of the physical in general
Keywords Behavior  Consciousness  Epistemology  Functionalism  Physicalism  Hannay, A
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/BF01064026
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 30,727
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
From a Logical Point of View.W. V. Quine - 1953 - Harvard University Press.
Cartesian Meditations.Edmund Husserl - 1964 - [The Hague]M. Nijhoff.

View all 15 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
The Mark of the Cognitive.Fred Adams & Rebecca Garrison - 2013 - Minds and Machines 23 (3):339-352.
Sprigge's Ontology of Consciousness.Leemon McHenry - 2010 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 67:5-20.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Hannay's Consciousness.Arthur B. Cody - 1994 - Inquiry : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 37 (1):117-132.
Understanding Consciousness.Max Velmans - 2000 - London: Routledge.
Understanding Consciousness.I. Gois - 2001 - Disputatio 10:3-21.
Is Dennett a Disillusioned Zimbo?Timothy L. S. Sprigge - 1993 - Inquiry : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 36 (1-2):33-57.
Contemporary Models of Consciousness, Part I.Jean E. Burns - 1990 - Journal of Mind and Behavior 11 (2):153-171.
Self-Consciousness.George Bealer - 1997 - Philosophical Review 106 (1):69-117.
Understanding Consciousness, Edition 2.Max Velmans - 2009 - Routledge/Psychology Press.
Added to PP index

Total downloads
110 ( #46,960 of 2,197,331 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #299,047 of 2,197,331 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature