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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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E pluribus unum:

E pluribus unum:

Rethinking the Unity of Consciousness

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Sensory Integration and the Unity of Consciousness

Robert Van Gulick

The MIT Press

In this chapter, Robert Van Gulick offers an alternative view of conscious unity that relies on a realist interpretation of the virtual self.He distinguishes the diversity of ways in which consciousness may be unified, with special attention to the difference between representational unity and other forms of unity. He goes on to consider which forms of unity, if any, are necessary or sufficient for consciousness. Finally, he discusses Giulio Tononi’s integrated information theory and Tim Bayne’s account of phenomenal unity.

Keywords:   Unity of consciousness, Phenomenal unity, Integrated information theory, Virtual self

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