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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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Powers and Subjects

Powers and Subjects

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(p.75) 4 Powers and Subjects
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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/9780199288847.003.0004

The simple and direct connection between the notion of a subject of experience and co-consciousness uncovered in Chapters 2 and 3 turns out to be all that is needed to construct an account of the conditions under which a subject of experience can continue to exist through periods of unconsciousness. What is a subject of experience if not a being that has the capacity to have experiences? How are experiential capacities related when they belong to the same subject at any given time? An obvious and compelling answer: they can contribute to streams of unified consciousness. The bulk of the chapter is taken up with explaining and elaborating this basic picture. The resulting account is called the C-theory. In its strongest form, the latter amounts to the claim that subjects can be identified with systems of experiential capacities. The chapter concludes with a general discussion of the nature of dispositional properties.

Keywords:   subjects of experience, unconsciousness, experiential capacities, dispositions, C-theory

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