Title
Perceptual consciousness, access to modality and skill theories Perceptual consciousness, access to modality and skill theories
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Publication type
article
Publication
Thoverton ,
Subject
Philosophy
Source (journal)
Journal of consciousness studies. - Thoverton, 1994, currens
Volume/pages
9(2002) :1 , p. 27-45
ISSN
1355-8250
2051-2201
ISI
000173601800002
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Abstract
We address the thesis recently proposed by Andy Clark, that skill-mediated access to modality implies phenomenal feel. We agree that a skill theory of perception does indeed offer the possibility of a satisfactory account of the feel of perception, but we claim that this is not only through explanation of access to modality but also because skill actually provides access to perceptual property in general. We illustrate and substantiate our claims by reference to the recently proposed 'sensorimotor contingency' theory of visual awareness. We discuss why this theory offers a distinctively attractive access-based approach to perceptual consciousness because it 'dereifies' experience and permits otherwise problematic aspects of phenomenal perceptual consciousness to be explained. We suggest our approach thus offers the prospect of 'naturalizing phenomenology'
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