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Explaining consciousness: From correlations to foundations

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 November 2016

Wolfgang Prinz*
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, 04103 Leipzig, Germany. prinz@cbs.mpg.dehttp://www.cbs.mpg.de/staff/prinz-10359/@@index.html

Abstract

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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