Title
Skill, corporality and alerting capacity in an account of sensory consciousnessSkill, corporality and alerting capacity in an account of sensory consciousness
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Research group
Centre for Philosophical Psychology
Publication type
article
Publication
Amsterdam,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Progress in brain research. - Amsterdam
Volume/pages
150(2005), p. 55-68
ISSN
0079-6123
0079-6123
ISI
000235261600005
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
We suggest that within a skill-based, sensorimotor approach to sensory consciousness, two measurable properties of perceivers' interaction with the environment, "corporality" and "alerting capacity", explain why sensory stimulation is experienced as having a "sensory feel", unlike thoughts or memories. We propose that the notions of "corporality" and "alerting capacity" make possible the construction of a "phenomenality plot", which charts in a principled way the degree to which conscious phenomena are experienced as having a sensory quality.
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