Estrada, Allan Arturo Gonzalez (2018) On the phenomenal, intentional and physical nature of Mind. Doctoral thesis, Keele University.

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Abstract

The aim of this research is to provide a path to understand the phenomenal, intentional and physical nature of mind. Essential to the discussion of this thesis is the fundamental role that the phenomenal character of experience plays in the theory of intentionality. It is argued that both aspects must be understood physically as realized by a relevant brain state. I present an internalist view of the mind, in contrast with a more popular view in philosophy, representationalism, that is typically externalist. However, this thesis will argue in favour of a new exploration of the relation between consciousness and intentionality. Having gained some understanding of this connection at a conceptual level, and having explored the relevant empirical findings that support my view, a new understanding of the hard problem of consciousness will here be presented. The arguments will show that it is required to start with our phenomenology, and since our phenomenology will shape our representation, such phenomenology will be the basis of our intentionality and our understanding of the world. As a consequence, the explanatory gap, or consciousness’ hard problem, needs to be understood in another sense: the problem, as it has been formulated, is a misconceived problem.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment
Depositing User: Lisa Bailey
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2018 15:02
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2018 15:02
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/4587

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