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Actual Consciousness$
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Ted Honderich

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198714385

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198714385.001.0001

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Conclusions Past and Present

Conclusions Past and Present

(p.326) 11 Conclusions Past and Present
Actual Consciousness

Ted Honderich

Oxford University Press

Actualism’s being clear, literal and specific is shown by a comparative table that divides all of physicality into objective physicality and subjectivity physicality, and divides subjective physicality into that of worlds and representations. Actualism’s satisfactions of the eight criteria for a good theory of consciousness are mostly obvious and in all cases very arguable. The reality of consciousness is explicit in its physicality, its difference explicit and far from factitious in its subjectivity, which includes an individuality. Its three sides are not submerged in a false uniformity. Evidently it is a naturalism. It deals better with questions of the relationships of consciousness, first to brains. It leaves no explanatory gap. It is a liberating theory, one of which we can at least have hopes with respect to other things, including freedom. It is an answer to what is at least a fundamental part of any good general question of consciousness.

Keywords:   criteria satisfied, reality, difference, subjectivity, individuality, three sides, naturalism, explanatory gap, freedom

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