The Mind's Construction: The Ontology of Mind and Mental by Matthew Soteriou

By Matthew Soteriou

Philosophers engaged on the ontology of brain have highlighted quite a few differences that may be drawn among the ways that assorted facets of our minds fill time. for instance, they word that while a few parts of our psychological lives receive through the years, others spread through the years, and a few proceed to ensue all through periods of time. Matthew Soteriou explores ways that such differences may be placed to paintings in aiding to notify philosophical debts of either sensory and cognitive facets of recognition. half one in every of The Mind's Construction argues that paintings within the ontology of brain that specializes in differences of temporal personality has a lot to give a contribution to philosophical money owed of the phenomenology of varied components of sensory consciousness--e.g. the phenomenology of perceptual event, physically sensation, and perceptual mind's eye. half argues that those ontological concerns can tell our knowing of awake pondering, and the shape of self-conscious cognizance that we've got as matters in a position to accomplishing such task, by way of supporting to account for and clarify the consideration during which organization is exercised in awake considering. This in flip, it's argued, can light up the extra basic factor of where and function of psychological motion in an account of the metaphysics of mind.

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I noted that appeals to introspection seem to have played a significant role in motivating sense-datum theories. So within this new framework have appeals to introspection disappeared? Even in the scientific study of sense perception introspection is still used as a source of evidence. e. the assumption that conscious sensory experiences have a distinctive sensuous character that is manifest to one as a self-conscious subject when one has them, the nature of that distinctive sensuous character is a legitimate object of enquiry, and introspective reflection on one’s conscious sensory experience plays a significant role in an investigation of that sensuous character.

1 It is considerations of this kind that lead Mouton (1969) to claim, in his discussion of Geach’s argument, that there is ‘no such thing as a partial thought’, and that ‘It is impossible in principle for one to get halfway through a thought and stop’ (64). 32 occurrence, state, content, and character The spoken words uttered are temporally ordered, but the parts of the propositional content in terms of which we individuate an act of judging are not temporally ordered. In a similar vein, one can say that although the words on a written page are spatially ordered, the parts of the propositional content they may express are not to be thought of as standing in spatial relations to one another.

Is this something that the new relationalist theories should appeal to? And if so, is this to be somehow explained by the nature of the psychological relation of perceptual acquaintance, rather than the objects of that psychological relation? And how does this aspect of the temporal phenomenology of perceptual experience bear on the question of the extent to which conscious sensory experience is ‘transparent’ when one attempts to attend introspectively to it? 4 Articulating the manifest image of sensory consciousness In what follows I shall be suggesting various ways in which issues in the ontology of mind—and in particular, ontological distinctions that can be marked by the different ways in which different aspects of our mental lives fill time—can engage with and contribute to these debates about the manifest image of sensory consciousness that I have sketched.

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