Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Publication Date

2013

Publisher

Imprint Academic

Source Publication

Journal of Consciousness Studies

Source ISSN

1355-8250

Abstract

Giulio Tononi (2008) has offered his integrated information theory of consciousness (IITC) as a ‘provisional manifesto’. I critically examine how the approach fares. I point out some (relatively) internal concerns with the theory and then more broadly philosophical ones; finally I assess the prospects for IITC as a fundamental theory of consciousness. I argue that the IITC’s scientific promise does carry over to a significant extent to broader philosophical theorizing about qualia and consciousness, though not as directly as Tononi suggests, since the account is much more focused on the qualitative character of experience rather than on consciousness itself. I propose understanding it as ‘integrated information theory of qualia’(IITQ), rather than of consciousness.

Comments

Accepted version. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 20, No. 1–2, 2013, pp. 180–206. Publisher link. © 2013 Imprint Academic. Used with permission.

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