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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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Something’s Being Actual

Something’s Being Actual

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Actual Consciousness

Ted Honderich

Oxford University Press

In the leading ideas but also elsewhere there are characterizations of consciousness that hang together. Being conscious is a having of something, something’s being given, experienced, undergone, being for or to something, something not deduced, inferred, posited or constructed from something else, something’s being present, somehow existing, being transparent, being right there, being close or open, being a content or object, something real in some sense of the word, and in the case of perception a world, and so on. All that is data. All of it can be summed up in the general initial clarification of consciousness as something’s being actual. There are objections to the clarification having to do with circularity, its being a laundry list, and its being metaphorical or otherwise figurative, as indeed it is. The objections can be met. The general clarification issues immediately in two questions about consciousness. What is actual? Being actual is what?

Keywords:   consciousness, consciousness data, something had, something given, content, something transparent, something existing, something’s being actual, main questions about consciousness

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