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Extra resources for Consciousness and Causality: A Debate on the Nature of Mind (Great Debates in Philosophy)
He identifies consciousness with 'the subjective character of experience'. He says this is something that is not captured by any of the familiar, recently devised reductive analyses of the mental, for all of them are logically compatible with its absence. It is not analyzable in terms of any explanatory system of functional states, since these could be ascribed to robots or automata that behaved like people though they experienced nothing. It is not analyzable in terms of the causal role of experiences in relation to typical human behaviour-for similar reasons.
Of a machine there is even less sense than in the case of a fly, for wondering whether it might be conscious or unconscious. This is easily seen from the fact that the terms 'dead' and 'alive' have no literal application to machines, but only a metaphorical application, as when we say 'The engine went dead' or 'The battery is dead' or 'In the nick of time the motor came alive'. Since 'alive' does not have a literal application to machines there cannot be a serious question as to whether a machine might literally be conscious or unconscious.
Let us consider another example. According to Brentano, if one dislikes another person one has an 'inner perception' of this dislike. Instead of denying that this ever makes sense, let us ask: in what circumstances would it make sense? Suppose that for a number of years Mr A had regarded his professional colleague, Mr B, with esteem and affection. g. his long-winded stories, the overly hearty way he laughs at his own jokes, even the way he chews his food. A begins to reflect quite a lot on these annoying habits of B, and in the process it gradually dawns on him that he really dislikes B and is not fond of him at all.