A Defence of the Possibility of Experiential Combination

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« on: August 04, 2019, 01:20:01 pm »
A Defence of the Possibility of Experiential Combination

Luke Roelofs

This thesis explores the possibility of composite consciousness: phenomenally conscious states  belonging to a composite being in virtue of the consciousness of,and relations among,its parts.We have no trouble accepting that a composite being has physical properties entirely in virtue of the  physical properties of, and relations among, its parts.

But a long-standing intuition holds that consciousness is different: my consciousness cannot be understood as a complex of interacting component consciousnesses belonging to parts of me.

I ask why: what is it about consciousness that makes us think it so different from matter? And should we accept this apparent difference?