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Experienced WholenessIntegrating Insights from Gestalt Theory, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Predictive Processing$
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Wanja Wiese

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036993

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036993.001.0001

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Framing the Problem of Phenomenal Unity (PPU)

Framing the Problem of Phenomenal Unity (PPU)

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(p.11) 2 Framing the Problem of Phenomenal Unity (PPU)
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Experienced Wholeness
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Wanja Wiese

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036993.003.0002

This chapter lays the conceptual foundation for the rest of the book. The problem of phenomenal unity (PPU) is defined and a general path to its solution is proposed. Apart from that, the chapter discusses the relation between synchronic and diachronic phenomenal unity (i.e., unity at a time and unity over time). Finally, a list of requirements on accounts of phenomenal unity is provided, in order to constrain the class of possible answers to PPU. Any adequate account of phenomenal unity should at least satisfy the following three constraints: Phenomenality, globality, and necessity.

Keywords:   Phenomenal unity, Synchronic unity, Diachronic unity, Phenomenal difference, Globality, Phenomenality, Necessity

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