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Sensory Integration and the Unity of Consciousness$
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David J. Bennett and Christopher S. Hill

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027786

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027786.001.0001

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Unity of Consciousness:

Unity of Consciousness:

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(p.323) 14 Unity of Consciousness
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Sensory Integration and the Unity of Consciousness
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Farid Masrour

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DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027786.003.0014

It is common to hold that our conscious experiences at a single moment are often unified. But when consciousness is unified, what are the fundamental facts in virtue of which it is unified? It is common to hold the Newtonian view that the most fundamental fact that grounds unity is a form of singularity or oneness. In this chapter, FaridMasrour sketches and defends an alternative Leibnizian view according to which experiences are unified when they are connected in the right way. This view has significant implications for our understanding of the metaphysics of conscious experience, the cognitive architecture of the mind and our assessment of the conditions under which unity of consciousness breaks down.

Keywords:   Unity of consciousness, Oneness, Connectivity, Grounding of unity, Newtonian accounts of unity, Leibnizian accounts of unity, Cognitive architecture

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