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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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Four Puzzles for Consciousness

Four Puzzles for Consciousness

(p.155) 9 Four Puzzles for Consciousness
Passionate Engines

Craig Delancey

Oxford University Press

After a basic review of the contemporary debate about phenomenal consciousness, four puzzles about emotional experience are discussed. First, emotions appear to be essentially motivational states, making them poor candidates for arguments, akin to inverted spectra or zombie worlds. Second, emotions differ significantly in their character, whereas some phenomenal experiences do not. Third, emotions vary significantly in their intensity, another feature lacking in some phenomenal experiences. Fourth, representations do not appear to be the best explanation for the features of emotional experience.

Keywords:   consciousness, emotion, inverted spectrum, phenomenal consciousness, representation, zombies

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