Consciousness, Emergence and Naturalism

Sabatés, Marcelo H. (1999) Consciousness, Emergence and Naturalism. Teorema, XVIII (1).

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In this paper I examine some aspects of Searle's emergentist position regarding consciousness. First, I discuss Searle's reasons for considering the emergence relation a causal relation and argue that his own view might benefit from a notion of noncausal dependence. Second, I analyze the plausibility of Searle's strategy for keeping the irreducibility of consciousness within a naturalistic framework. In this respect I criticize, in particular, his view according to which the subjectivity of consciousness is just the result of "the pragmatics of our definitional practices".

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Searle; caual relation; irreducibility of consciousness
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Teorema. Revista internacional de filosofia > Volume XVIII (1999)
Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Epistemologie, Wissenschaftstheorie, Naturphilosophie
Depositing User: Wolfgang Heuer
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2020 13:58
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2020 13:58

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