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Reference and Consciousness

John Campbell


Conscious attention to an object, singling it out in experience, provides knowledge of the reference of a demonstrative term. Knowledge of reference is the foundation of the ability to verify propositions about the object and of the ability to act on the object. To understand the relations between knowledge of reference, verification, and action, we have to look at the relations between conscious attention, visual information processing, and the motor system.

Keywords: attention, consciousness, demonstratives, perception, reference

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199243815
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199243816.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Campbell, author
Wilde Professor of Mental Philosophy, Oxford University
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