Is Consciousness A Brain Process?

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U.T. Place, like all physicalist (or materialist), must confront the formidable task of explaining consciousness in terms of contemporary science. While (nearly) everyone, I assume, would accept the proposition that there is a connection, to a degree, between consciousness and the brain, a physicalist would appear to have to go one step further and assert that the two are one and the same thing. Now, the proposition that consciousness is identical to, and thus, nothing more than a brain process (or processes) may be impossible to prove—however, in Is Consciousness A Brain Process?, Place doesn’t attempt to establish this proposition. But Place does argue the identity theory, i.e., consciousness is a process(es) in the brain, cannot be “dismissed on logical grounds alone” (p.44). Subsequently, he cites an objection to the identity theory presented by Sir Charles Sherrington. My focus in this short paper will be to explain Sherrington’s objection and Place’s response to said objection. Sir Charles Sherrington argues that there is a “self” always present and evaluating perceptions, whi...

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