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Consciousness, philosophy: The experience of differences along with a knowledge about alternatives as opposed to purely automatic responses. See also intentionality, identity theory, other minds.

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Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

 
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Gerhard Vollmer on Consciousness - Dictionary of Arguments

I 109
Consciousness/Evolutionary Epistemology / EE / Vollmer: Problem: if mind is explained evolutionarily, and the identity theory is presupposed, then the physical advantage is sufficient: we do not need a spirit. -> Epiphenomenalism.
I 110
But according to the identity theory the mind is not a byproduct. - Processes with internal aspect rather also differ physically from those without inner aspect.
II 95
Consciousnessevolution/VollmerVsAnthropic Principle: the question why it had to lead to the formation of consciousness is based on a misconception: it did not have to happen.


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Vollmer I
G. Vollmer
Was können wir wissen? Bd. I Die Natur der Erkenntnis. Beiträge zur Evolutionären Erkenntnistheorie Stuttgart 1988

Vollmer II
G. Vollmer
Was können wir wissen? Bd II Die Erkenntnis der Natur. Beiträge zur modernen Naturphilosophie Stuttgart 1988


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