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Actual Consciousness

Ted Honderich


What is it to be conscious in the primary ordinary sense? Five leading ideas—qualia, what it’s like to be something, subjectivity, intentionality or aboutness, phenomenality—all fail to give an adequate initial clarification of this consciousness. However, there is much data, some in the ideas, for a figurative initial clarification of all consciousness. Being conscious is something’s being actual. This results in the literal and explicit theory or analysis that is Actualism. Right or wrong, it is unprecedented. As against other theories, it is true to our three-part distinction between consci ... More

Keywords: consciousness, actualism, perceptual consciousness, cognitive consciousness, affective consciousness, objective physical world, subjective physicalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198714385
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198714385.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ted Honderich, author
University College London