Consciousness and Cognition: 'Purple Haze, All Around'
Levine (Joseph)
Source: Levine - Purple Haze: The Puzzle of Consciousness, 2001, Chapter 6
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Author’s Abstract

  1. The complex relationship between intentionality and consciousness is explored.
  2. First, various zombie puzzles are considered that tend to throw doubt on the pro-qualia position. In response, it is argued that the nature of our cognitive relation to our own conscious experience cannot be assimilated to that of our cognitive relation to other objects and properties.
  3. The problem of "duality" is explored - that conscious experiences seem to include both act and object of awareness - and the notion of a phenomenally constituted concept or judgment is introduced.
  4. Finally, it is argued that no currently available materialist theory can account for these features of first-person cognition.

  1. Introduction
  2. The Replacement Argument
  3. The Zombie Epistemology Argument
  4. Materialism and Subjectivity

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