Has Nelkin Discovered Anything about Consciousness?

Ramachandra, G.P. (2002) Has Nelkin Discovered Anything about Consciousness? In: UNSPECIFIED Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, pp. 194-195.


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The most important fact about persons is that they are conscious, but contemporary philosophers, who ignore Wittgenstein"s work in this area, present incredibly distorted views of consciousness. The central principle of Wittgenstein"s later philosophy is that meaning is use. The word "consciousness�, like "awareness�, is used ordinarily more-or-less synonymously with "experiencing� and with "knowing�, but in a much narrower range of situations (e.g. when someone is coming out of a faint). "Consciousness� does not denote anything ontologically real; instead, it has uses. Philosophers extend the sense of the word to include all experience or our entire mental life.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Conciousness; Person; Wittgenstein, L.; Nelkin, N.
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Bewußtseinsphilosophie, Philosophie des Geistes und der Psychologie
Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Wittgenstein Symposium Kirchberg, Pre-Proceedings > Kirchberg 2002
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2007
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:52
URI: http://sammelpunkt.philo.at/id/eprint/1447

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