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Is Predictive Processing a Theory of Consciousness?

Marvan, Tomáš and Havlík, Marek (2020) Is Predictive Processing a Theory of Consciousness? [Preprint]

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Abstract

Predictive Processing theory, hotly debated today in neuroscience, psychology and philosophy, promises to explain a number of perceptual and cognitive phenomena in a simple and elegant manner. In some of its versions, the theory is ambitiously advertised as a new theory of conscious perception. The task of this paper is to assess to which extent an explanation of consciousness needs to invoke the principles of the PP theory. We will be arguing that the PP theory mostly concerns the preconditions of conscious perception, leaving the genuine material substrate of consciousness largely untouched. Moreover, insofar as it does speak about consciousness, the PP theory is parasitic on other theories when it comes to illuminating the mechanisms of consciousness.


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Marvan, Tomášmarvan@flu.cas.cz0000-0002-8487-5394
Havlík, MarekMarek.Havlik@nudz.cz0000-0002-7451-4173
Keywords: Predictive Processing – Consciousness – Predictive Coding – Prerequisites of Consciousness
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Cognitive Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
Depositing User: Mr. Tomáš Marvan
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2020 03:48
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 03:48
Item ID: 16890
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Neuroscience > Cognitive Neuroscience
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
Date: 4 February 2020
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16890

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