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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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Perceptual Consciousness—What Is and What Isn’t Actual

Perceptual Consciousness—What Is and What Isn’t Actual

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Actual Consciousness

Ted Honderich

Oxford University Press

What is actual now with my and probably your perceptual consciousness is only a room. Much that is often assigned to consciousness or conscious mentality, neither adequately initially clarified, is indubitably not actual—qualia, mental paint, inner representations, something it’s like to be something, self or inner subject, a direction of a conscious state or event, vehicle of consciousness, medium of it, any neural properties explanatory of what is actual. In general, what is actual is only a subjective physical world—more particularly a piece, stage or part of one. No content or object either that is other than such a world. Actualism in its denials having to do with qualia is of course in open to historic objections having to do with a similarity of perceptual consciousness to illusion and hallucination. It defeats them. It is not naive realism, however, or what can be called indicated consciousness.

Keywords:   perceptual consciousness, subjective physical worlds, qualia, mental paint, internal representations, inner contents or objects, selves, direction, vehicle of consciousness, neural properties

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