Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Author's Response
Ned Block (1995). On a confusion about a function of consciousness. BBS 18:227–287.

Ridiculing social constructivism about phenomenal consciousness


Ned Block a1
a1 Department of Philosophy, New York University, New York, NY 10003-6688 ned.block@nyu.edu www.nyu.edu/gsas/dept/philo/faculty/block

Abstract

Money is a cultural construction, leukemia is not. In which category does phenomenal consciousness fit? The issue is clarified by a distinction between what cultural phenomena causally influence and what culture constitutes. Culture affects phenomenal consciousness but it is ridiculous to suppose that culture constitutes it, even in part.