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Outline of a General Ontology for Cousciousness Research (2008)

Author: S. Gáliková

Article type: Standard scientific article

Section: Philosophy of Mind

Language: language

Abstract (english):

Lack of a coherent general starting point in consciousness studies is a major obstacle in explaining consciousness. I argue that consciousness considered as a capacity of a living organism is a fruitful explanandum. Consciousness is a reducible third person and first person phenomenon. It is existentially dependent on the activity of a nervous systém (brain) profoundly shaped by the socio-cultural environment. This paper rejects theoretical usefulness of ontological and epistemological gaps between first person and third person approaches on consciousness. Treating consciousness as a natural phenomenon open to empirical research is a necessary prerequisite of any systematic theory of consciousness.

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