Alfredo Paternoster

A trouble for the cognitive unconscious

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Keywords: Cognitive Unconscious; Freudian Unconscious; Subpersonal Mind; Connection Principle.

In this article I discuss the question whether cognitive unconscious is actually "mental". In the first section I introduce the notion of cognitive unconscious, focusing in particular on the differences between the cognitive unconscious and the Freudian one. The second section contains a critical analysis of Searle's argument (the so-called "connection principle") against the mental nature of cognitive unconscious. In the last section I explain how and to what extent cognitive unconscious can be regarded as a genuine piece of the mind.

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