The multi-dimensional approach to drug-induced states: a commentary on Bayne and Carter's "Dimensions of consciousness and the psychedelic state"

Martin Fortier-Davy, Raphaël Millière*

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Abstract

Bayne and Carter argue that the mode of consciousness induced by psychedelic drugs does not fit squarely within the traditional account of modes as levels of consciousness, and favors instead a multi-dimensional account according to which modes of consciousness differ along several dimensions-none of which warrants a linear ordering of modes. We discuss the assumption that psychedelic drugs induce a single or paradigmatic mode of consciousness, as well as conceptual issues related to Bayne and Carter's main argument against the traditional account. Finally, we raise a set of questions about the individuation of dimensions selected to differentiate modes of consciousness that could be addressed in future discussions of the multi-dimensional account.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberniaa004
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalNeuroscience of Consciousness
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Contents of consciousness
  • Pharmacology
  • Philosophy
  • States of consciousness
  • Theories and models

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