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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—Being Actual Is Being Subjectively Physical

Perceptual Consciousness—Being Actual Is Being Subjectively Physical

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Actual Consciousness

Ted Honderich

Oxford University Press

The characteristics of subjective physical worlds, more particularly parts of them, are open to literal specification. They are counterparts of the characteristics of the objective physical world, some identical, some not. Such a subjective world is physical in being within science’s inventory and method, spatial and temporal, lawful, etc. That such a world has such physical characteristics is in no way put in doubt by its also having subjective characteristics—inseparableness from consciousness, privacy, and so on. Such worlds are no less real for being myriad in number and each having lawful dependencies not only on the objective physical world but also on perceivers. Such worlds are specifically real, of course, in sharing characteristics with the objective physical world. Objections to this completed theory of perceptual consciousness have to do with circularity, consensus, unbelievability, two rooms, rhetoric, supervenience and so on. They can be met.

Keywords:   perceptual consciousness, a room, subjective physical worlds, a room, subjective physicality, physical characteristics, subjective characteristics, actualism

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