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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.

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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)