Experience and consciousness: Concepts from the outside in

Stephen Rainey*

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The ‘feel’ of driving a Porsche is unlike that of seeing red (O’Regan, J. Noë, A., 2000). Sensorimotor theory and enactivism hold that looking for mechanisms or something ‘inside the head’ is a mistake in accounting for this. Consciousness does not ‘lie behind’ experience and action, but rather that it is in experience and action. Studying the actions organisms undertake in environments can provide insight into their consciousness and experience. Taking such actions as the locus of study, moreover, can provide greater insight than can studies of mechanisms that drive such interactions. Studying organism-environment interaction in fact provides insight into mechanisms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-103
Number of pages21
JournalStudies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


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