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Perceptual consciousness, access to modality and skill theories: A way to naturalize phenomenology?

Addressed the thesis recently proposed by Andy Clark, that skill-mediated access to modality implies phenomenal feel. The authors agree that a skill theory of perception does indeed offer the possibility of a satisfactory account of the feel of perception, but the authors claim that this is not only through explanation of access to modality but also because skill actually provides access to perceptual property in general. The authors illustrate and substantiate our claims by reference to the recently proposed "sensorimotor contingency' theory of visual awareness. The authors discuss why this theory offers a distinctively attractive access-based approach to perceptual consciousness because it "dereifies' experience and permits otherwise problematic aspects of phenomenal perceptual consciousness to be explained. The authors suggest this approach thus offers the prospect of "naturalizing phenomenology'. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2005 APA, all rights reserved)



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