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Single Idea 7656

[catalogued under 17. Mind and Body / E. Mind as Physical / 3. Eliminativism]

Full Idea

I don't maintain, of course, that human consciousness does not exist; I maintain that it is not what people often think it is.

Gist of Idea

I don't deny consciousness; it just isn't what people think it is


Daniel Dennett (Sweet Dreams [2005], Ch.3)

Book Reference

Dennett,Daniel: 'Sweet Dreams' [MIT 2005], p.71

A Reaction

I consider Dennett to be as near as you can get to an eliminativist, but he is not stupid. As far as I can see, the modern philosopher's bogey-man, the true total eliminativist, simply doesn't exist. Eliminativists usually deny propositional attitudes.