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The Unity of Consciousness$
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Tim Bayne

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199215386

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215386.001.0001

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Motivating the Unity Thesis

Motivating the Unity Thesis

(p.75) 4 Motivating the Unity Thesis
The Unity of Consciousness

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This chapter defends an argument for the unity thesis the centrepiece of which is the introspectively based claim to the effect that all of one's current experiences are unified. This claim is dubbed the unity judgment. The first half of the chapter defends the tenability of the unity judgment in the face of three objections: that introspection is unreliable, that it cannot take introspectively inaccessible experiences into account, and that there need be no subject contrast between phenomenal unity on the one hand and phenomenal disunity on the other. The second half of this chapter examines two gaps between the unity judgment and the unity thesis, and argues that both gaps can be plugged.

Keywords:   unity thesis, unity judgment, introspection, Sperling, Hurley, richness of experience

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