In this paper, I will propose a provisional blueprint of the notion of consciousness. I will start an analysis of the notion from the way we generally use the term “consciousness” in our ordinary language. In this regard, I will use Saul Kripke’s direct reference theory to define the term “consciousness” in a non-descriptive way, that is, interpreting it as a rigid designator. Then, I will critically discuss the idea of a necessary a posteriori relationship between consciousness and brain activity, arguing instead that consciousness is intrinsically related to the concept of subjectivity.
A sketch of a Kripkean theory of consciousness
Zilio F. (2021) "A sketch of a Kripkean theory of consciousness " Universa. Recensioni di filosofia, 10(3), 273-292. DOI:
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Universa. Recensioni di filosofia
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Filosofia teoretica e pratica