Locke has been accused of failing to have a coherent understanding of consciousness, since it can be identical neither to reflection nor to ordinary perception without contradicting other important commitments. I argue that the account of consciousness is coherent once we see that, for Locke, perceptions of ideas are complex mental acts and that consciousness can be seen as a special kind of self-referential mental state internal to any perception of an idea.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||History of Philosophy Quarterly|
|State||Published - 2008|
- Visual perception
- Perception theory
- History of philosophy
- Mental acts