New PDF release: Consciousness (Philosophical Issues Series No 1)

By Enrique Villanueva

ISBN-10: 092492201X

ISBN-13: 9780924922015

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Perhaps the earliest canonical statement is in Lashley's claim,2 "No activitity of mind is ever conscious" (Lashley's italics). Another extreme version of this approach is to be found in Jackendoff's claim3 that in fact there are two "notions of mind", the "computational mind" and the "phenomenological mind". I believe that it is a profound mistake 'Lashley, Karl (1956). I don't think Lashley means this literally. I think he means t h a t the processes by which the various features of conscious states are produced are never conscious.

It is, for example, distinct from the belief that 'the tallest iron structure built in France before 1900 is located in the French capital', even assuming that the Eiffel Tower is identical with the tallest iron structure built in France before 1900, and Paris is identical with the French capital. We might say that every intentional state has a certain aspectual shape; and this aspectual shape is part of its identity, part of what makes it the state that it is. These two features, the fact that an unconscious intentional state must nonetheless b e intrinsically mental and the fact that it must have a certain aspectual shape, have important consequences for our conception of the unconscious.

And it is in terms of these relations of resemblance and difference within the corresponding families that we understand the nature of both mental and physical colors. Parallel remarks apply to the spatial properties that pertain t o vision. Here it is plain that the spatial properties of physical objects have nothing intrinsic in common with the corresponding properties of visual sensations. The property of being physically round, for example, does not resemble the corresponding property of visual sensations.

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