Appearance, Reality, and the Meta-Problem of Consciousness

Journal of Consciousness Studies 27 (5-6):120-130 (2020)
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Abstract

Solving the meta-problem of consciousness requires, among other things, explaining why we are so reluctant to endorse various forms of illusionism about the phenomenal. I will try to tackle this task in two steps. The first consists in clarifying how the concept of consciousness precludes the possibility of any distinction between 'appearance' and 'reality'. The second consists in spelling out our reasons for recognizing the existence of something that satisfies that concept.

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Giovanni Merlo
University of Geneva

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