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Cognitive Phenomenology$
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Tim Bayne and Michelle Montague

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199579938

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579938.001.0001

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On the Phenomenology of Thought

On the Phenomenology of Thought

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Cognitive Phenomenology

Joseph Levine

Oxford University Press

This paper distinguishes weaker and stronger versions of CP (the Cognitive Phenomenology Hypothesis) along two dimensions: first, whether cognition contributes to phenomenal character only by way of modifying sensory phenomenal character, or it creates a purely non‐sensory kind of phenomenal character (“impure CP” vs. “pure CP,” respectively); second, whether cognitive phenomenal character has what I call “opaque content” or “transparent content” (“CPOC” vs. “CPTC,” respectively). The first member of each distinction is the weaker one. The paper then explores the arguments for there being any sort of cognitive phenomenology to see which of these versions are supported. The paper tentatively concludes that the weakest version, impure CPOC, is the most one can get out of these arguments.

Keywords:   consciousness, phenomenal character, subjectivity, self‐knowledge, phenomenology

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