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Discusiones Filosóficas

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CHALMERS, David J. The problem of consciousness. discus.filos [online]. 2011, vol.12, n.19, pp.29-59. ISSN 0124-6127.

This paper gives a nontechnical overview of the problems of consciousness and my approach to them. In it I distinguish between the easy problems and the hard problem of consciousness, and argue that the hard problem eludes conventional methods of explanation. I argue that we need a new form of nonreductive explanation, and make some moves toward a detailed nonreductive theory.

Keywords : Consciousness; functional explanation; principle of structural coherence; problems of consciousness; nonreductive explanation.

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