Two Unities of Consciousness
Article first published online: 27 DEC 2010
© 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
European Journal of Philosophy
How to Cite
Schechter, E. (2010), Two Unities of Consciousness. European Journal of Philosophy. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0378.2010.00439.x
- Article first published online: 27 DEC 2010
Abstract: This paper argues for a distinction between possession of a unified consciousness and possession of a single stream of consciousness. Although the distinction has widespread applicability in discussions of the structure of consciousness and of pathologies of conscious experience, I will illustrate its importance primarily using the debate about consciousness in split-brain subjects, suggesting that those who have argued that split-brain subjects have two streams of consciousness apiece and those who have argued that they have a unified consciousness may both be right.