Why consciousness is not possible in materialism

Two related definitions of consciousness are:

1. Consciousness is experience by the first person singular.

2. Consciousness is self-referential awareness.

So consciousness requires that there be a self,
or first person singular, to be aware.

There is however no provision in materialism
or analytic philoophy for such a self.

Therefore materialism cannot explain consciousness.

Dr. Roger B Clough NIST (ret.) [1/1/2000]
See my Leibniz site at

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