Does phenomenology overflow access?

Neil Levy*

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Abstract

Ned Block has influentially distinguished two kinds of consciousness, access and phenomenal consciousness. He argues that these two kinds of consciousness can dissociate, and therefore we cannot rely upon subjective report in constructing a science of consciousness. I argue that none of Block's evidence better supports his claim than the rival view, that access and phenomenal consciousness are perfectly correlated. Since Block's view is counterintuitive, and has wildly implausible implications, the fact that there is no evidence that better supports it than the rival view should lead us to reject it.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-38
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Consciousness Studies
Volume15
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes

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