Skill, corporality and alerting capacity in an account of sensory consciousnessSkill, corporality and alerting capacity in an account of sensory consciousness
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Centre for Philosophical Psychology
Progress in brain research. - Amsterdam
150(2005), p. 55-68
University of Antwerp
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.