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Passionate EnginesWhat Emotions Reveal about the Mind and Artificial Intelligence$
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Craig DeLancey

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195142716

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195142713.001.0001

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A Systems‐Based Teleofunctional Theory of Consciousness

A Systems‐Based Teleofunctional Theory of Consciousness

(p.169) 10 A Systems‐Based Teleofunctional Theory of Consciousness
Passionate Engines

Craig Delancey

Oxford University Press

A theory of the relation between phenomenal experience and body states is introduced that solves the puzzles discussed in Ch. 9. Using a systems‐based theory of teleofunctions (or biological functions), phenomenal consciousness is found to supervene on those teleofunctions of which we are aware. The homeostatic intensity hypothesis is introduced to explain differences in the nature and intensity of experiences. These differences are explained by the different teleofunctions that are altered by, and the degree that they are altered by, some body event such as an emotion.

Keywords:   biological function, emotion, homeostatic intensity, phenomenal consciousness, phenomenal experience, supervenience, teleofunction

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