Access Consciousness

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  • Consciousness, according to the American philosopher Ned Block, is a “mongrel” concept—a conglomeration that picks out a number of very different mental properties that are nevertheless treated as undivided and denoted by a univocal concept. Access consciousness is one of these kinds of consciousness.

    This entry will (a) discuss the notion of access consciousness—as distinguished from phenomenal consciousness—in the work of Block; (b) consider the introspective, experimental, and conceptual support for this distinction; (c) briefly consider Block's contention that much current work on consciousness conflates these two kinds of consciousness; and (d) conclude with a consideration of some criticism that may be directed at Block's approach.

    To see what Block means by access consciousness (A-consciousness), consider the example of driving and being in the cognitive state of ...

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