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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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Fragments of Consciousness?

Fragments of Consciousness?

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The Unity of Consciousness

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This chapter evaluates the tenability of the unity thesis by examining the evidence for phenomenal disunity within the context of number of quite different domains. The first third of the chapter addresses the question of whether the unity of consciousness might break-down in the context of the perceptual phenomena of apparent motion and meta‐contrast masking. The second third of the chapter examines objections to the unity thesis that appeal to data derived from studies drawn from developmental psychology. The final third of the chapter evaluates objections to the unity thesis derived from a cluster of conditions that are characterized by minimal responsiveness: the persistent vegetative state, the minimally conscious state, and epileptic fugue states. It is argued that none of these objections undermines the unity thesis.

Keywords:   Dennett, multiple drafts, meta‐contrast masking, colour‐phi, A‐not‐B task, card‐sorting task, false belief task, developmental dissociations, absence seizures, vegetative state, minimally conscious state, disorders of consciousness

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