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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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Why the Single State Conception Does Not Solve the Problem of Phenomenal Unity

Why the Single State Conception Does Not Solve the Problem of Phenomenal Unity

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(p.33) 3 Why the Single State Conception Does Not Solve the Problem of Phenomenal Unity
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Experienced Wholeness
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Wanja Wiese

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262036993.003.0003

This chapter discusses a common conception of phenomenal unity, the single state conception (SSC). The intuition underlying SSC is that phenomenal unity goes along with the existence of a single conscious state that encompasses all of the subject’s phenomenal parts. A prominent example of SSC is Tim Bayne’s mereological account of phenomenal unity. It is argued that SSC does not solve the problem of phenomenal unity (PPU). Instead, it raises questions which pose additional problems. Moreover, these problems do not help to make progress on PPU, but can be regarded as red herrings.

Keywords:   Single state conception, Tim Bayne, Mereological account, Phenomenal unity

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