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Reference and Consciousness$
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John Campbell

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199243815

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199243816.001.0001

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What Is Knowledge of Reference?

What Is Knowledge of Reference?

(p.22) 2 What Is Knowledge of Reference?
Reference and Consciousness

John Campbell (Contributor Webpage)

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Knowledge of the reference of a demonstrative is provided by conscious attention to the object. This conscious attention causes and justifies your use of particular information‐processing procedures to verify and to find the implications of propositions involving the term. Feature‐integration theory provides a way of characterizing how conscious attention can recruit information in different processing streams to verify propositions about a single perceived object; we can give a parallel account of action on the object. This approach provides an explanation of the appeal of the idea that binding mechanisms are a neural correlate of consciousness.

Keywords:   attention, binding, feature‐integration, neural correlate of consciousness, reference

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