“Doubts about receptivity”, commentary on G. Rosenberg's a place for consciousness (oxford U. P., 2004)

PSYCHE: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Research On Consciousness 12 (5) (2006)
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Abstract: Receptivity is a foundational concept in the analysis of causation given in Gregg Rosenberg’s A Place for Consciousness and it enters, directly or indirectly, into the definitions of a host of other terms in the book. This commentary raises a problem (which I call “the triviality problem”) about how we are to understand receptivity. Search for a solution proceeds by examination of several contexts in which the concept of receptivity is used. Although a satisfactory solution remains elusive, it is hoped that making the problem clear will lead to its eventual resolution.


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