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Does the Fundamentality of Consciousness Entail Its Ubiquity?

(Original title: Does the Fundamentality of Consciousness Entail Its Ubiquity?)
Filozofia, 2012, vol. 67, No 3, pp. 243-253.
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Abstract

Property dualists commonly consider consciousness to be a further fundamental feature of reality in addition to its physical properties. Fundamental physical properties are ubiquitous: every physical object and its intrinsic properties ontologically depends on fundamental particles and their fundamental intrinsic features. However, property dualists mostly restrict the range of mental properties to a set of systems that satisfy a particular physical description. This paper challenges the approach of restriction and argues that if mental properties are ontologically fundamental then they must be widespread as well.

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