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Learning to Appreciate the Gray Areas: A Critical Notice of Anil Gupta’s “Conscious Experience”

Hochstein, Eric (2019) Learning to Appreciate the Gray Areas: A Critical Notice of Anil Gupta’s “Conscious Experience”. [Preprint]

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Anil Gupta’s Conscious Experience: A Logical Inquiry is an impressive piece of philosophical work. By way of a logical inquiry into the nature of conscious experience, Gupta provides a novel account of rational justification which can be used as a foundation for a new theory of empiricism. In this Critical Notice, I argue that Gupta’s project is fascinating, but is often hampered by a lack of sufficient philosophical justification and clarity regarding some essential features of his project, as well as a lack of engagement with relevant scientific domains that would directly bear on his project, such as computational neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, and cognitive psychology. I argue that by ignoring the conceptual tools and resources provided by these domains, Gupta limits the sorts of logical inquiry available to him in problematic ways.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Hochstein, Ericeghochst@gmail.com
Additional Information: Forthcoming in Canadian Journal of Philosophy
Keywords: Consciousness, experience, rationality, empiricism, logical inquiry, concepts
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Cognitive Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Concepts and Representations
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Perception
Specific Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Dr. Eric Hochstein
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2019 03:59
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2019 03:59
Item ID: 16524
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Cognitive Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Concepts and Representations
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
Specific Sciences > Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Perception
Specific Sciences > Psychology
Date: October 2019
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16524

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