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Single Idea 5001

[catalogued under 15. Nature of Minds / B. Features of Minds / 1. Consciousness / c. Parts of consciousness]

Full Idea

Many philosophers today have adopted the view that we can achieve an enormous simplification by reducing the two components of the mind-body problem - intentionality and consciousness - into one; ...consciousness is no more than representations.

Gist of Idea

Maybe we should see intentionality and consciousness as a single problem, not two


Robert Kirk (Mind and Body [2003], 8.4)

Book Reference

Kirk,Robert: 'Mind and Body' [Acumen 2003], p.167

A Reaction

One would then see subjective experience and informational content as two consequences of a single mental activity. This strikes me as the correct route to go. We do, after all, learn BY experiencing. Hence concepts are tied in with qualia.