Identifying phenomenal consciousness

Elizabeth Schier

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This paper examines the possibility of finding evidence that phenomenal consciousness is independent of access. The suggestion reviewed is that we should look for isomorphisms between phenomenal and neural activation spaces. It is argued that the fact that phenomenal spaces are mapped via verbal report is no problem for this methodology. The fact that activation and phenomenal space are mapped via different means does not mean that they cannot be identified. The paper finishes by examining how data addressing this theoretical question could be obtained.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-222
Number of pages7
JournalConsciousness and cognition
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Consciousness
  • Access
  • Phenomenal
  • Operationalize
  • Connectionism
  • Identity


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