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The ontology of creature consciousness: A challenge for philosophy


Gualtiero Piccinini a1
a1 Department of Philosophy, University of Missouri – St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 63121-4400. piccininig@umsl.edu www.umsl.edu/~piccininig/

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Abstract

I appeal to Merker's theory to motivate a hypothesis about the ontology of consciousness: Creature consciousness is (at least partially) constitutive of phenomenal consciousness. Rather than elaborating theories of phenomenal consciousness couched solely in terms of state consciousness, as philosophers are fond of doing, a correct approach to phenomenal consciousness should begin with an account of creature consciousness.

(Published Online May 1 2007)