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Consciousness is present throughout our everyday lives and in every situation, we are involved in, be that solving a problem or dreaming in a state of deep sleep. However, if I try to pinpoint one common, underlying feature in these experiences, in order to realise what defines consciousness, no one aspect of the experience palpably stands out. Because of this fact, philosophers have struggled to define consciousness in a monolithic way and have instead attempted to discern either different aspects of consciousness or emphasise features of consciousness which make it distinctive.

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Originally published at www.samwoolfe.com on August 12, 2018.

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