Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Consciousness as action: The eliminativist sirens are calling

Martin Kurthen a1
a1 Department of Epileptology, University of Bonn, D-53105 Bonn, Germany


The sensorimotor theory of vision successfully blends in with the currently developing action-oriented account of cognition. As a theory of phenomenal consciousness, however, it suffers from the same shortcomings as the theories O'Regan & Noë (O&N) criticize. This is mainly due to the failure to avoid the explanatory gap by rejecting one notion of qualia while retaining the concept of experience with qualitative features in general.