Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2004), 27:5:670-670 Cambridge University Press
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Short Communication

Inferences are just folk psychology

Thomas Metzinger a1
a1 Philosophisches Seminar, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, D-55099 Mainz, Germany


To speak of “inferences,” “interpretations,” and so forth is just folk psychology. It creates new homunculi, and it is also implausible from a purely phenomenological perspective. Phenomenal volition must be described in the conceptual framework of an empirically plausible theory of mental representation. It is a non sequitur to conclude from dissociability that the functional properties determining phenomenal volition never make a causal contribution.