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Block, Ned
 
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Ambiguity Metzinger II 547
Consciousness/Ambiguity/Block: there is a common conception that consciousness is ambiguous: information processing/access consciousness.
Block: we all use "consciously" even in both ways.
Alternative: cluster concept of consciousness.
Ambiguity/Block: if there merging can occur, we have ambiguity, not a cluster concept. E.g. speed: the blurriness of a passing car is not a result of the average speed. (No implicit relativation).
Consciousness/Ambiguity/Natural Kind/Block: it is a difference, however, whether one is considers consciousness to be ambiguous, or whether one denies that it is a natural kind.
The former is an assertion about the concept, the latter about the object.
The former may be decided reflexively, the latter only empirically.
II 551
Consciousness/Ambiguity/Block: since there are mergers of P consciousness and
Z consciousness in the consciousness, the term must be conceived as ambiguous, and not as a cluster concept.

Block I
N. Block
Consciousness, Function, and Representation: Collected Papers, Volume 1 (Bradford Books) Cambridge 2007

Metz I
Th. Metzinger (Hrsg.)
Bewusstsein Paderborn 1996


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