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The Phenomenal Self$
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Barry Dainton

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199288847

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288847.001.0001

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Phenomenal Unity

Phenomenal Unity

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(p.28) 2 Phenomenal Unity
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The Phenomenal Self
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Barry Dainton (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288847.003.0002

This chapter is devoted entirely to the problem of unity-at-a-time. Several accounts of synchronic phenomenal unity are considered. One such is the doctrine that this mode of unity arises when phenomenal items are located in a single phenomenal space; another is the doctrine that it is a product of phenomenal items falling under an act of pure awareness. These are all found wanting. It is argued that synchronic phenomenal unity is best understood as being the product of a primitive inter-experiential relationship, co-consciousness.

Keywords:   stream of consciousness, synchronic unity, pure awareness, phenomenal space, co-consciousness

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