Knotty, Knotty: Comments on Nelson’s “New World Knot”

Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 194)


There is, I think, considerable agreement among philosophers of mind and cognitive scientists that a functional or computational theory of the mind faces two deep challenges—the Scylla and Charybdis of Qualia on one hand and Intentionality on the other. There is less agreement, of course, whether these problems have sunk the computational model, or have forced it to seek alternative routes to its goal of a materialist account of the mind, or simply stand as the tasks to be accomplished.


Causal Power Conscious Experience Conscious State Intentional Content Recognition State 
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