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Review of Barry Dainton's ‘Stream of Consciousness’

While much that is written about the unity of consciousness does, as Dainton says, traffic in vague metaphors and exaggerated claims, Dainton's book is a superb example of sober thinking and meticulous attention to detail. Stream of Consciousness can be roughly divided into three projects, projects that are bound together by co-consciousness. In the present context ‘co-consciousness’ refers to the relation that experiences have when they are experienced together. For instance, when one experiences a pain in one's foot while listening to music, these two experiences will typically be co-conscious parts of a single multi-modal experience, feeling-a-pain-in-one's-foot-while-listening-to-music.

Keywords: Unity of consciousness; binding; co-consciousness; multi-modal integration; specious present

Document Type: Review Article

Affiliations: Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch, New Zealand .

Publication date: January 1, 2001

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