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Explaining consciousness: From correlations to foundations

  • Wolfgang Prinz (a1)


What does it take to explain the roles of consciousness for action and action for consciousness? This commentary claims that efficient functional explanations must meet two epistemological requirements: independent description of explanandum and explanans, and foundational explanation of their mutual relationship. It is argued that Morsella et al.'s target articledoes not fully meet these requirements.



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Prinz, W. (2012) Open minds: The social making of agency and intentionality. MIT Press.


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