The neurophilosophy of epileptic experiences

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Abstract

Monaco F, Mula M, Cavanna AE. The neurophilosophy of epileptic experiences.

Background:

Specific alterations of consciousness have a central role in the phenomenological description of epileptic seizures and in the patient's subjective reports.

Methods:

This article discusses the use of philosophical methodology within a neurological framework to understand consciousness.

Results:

How the alterations in consciousness are experienced by patients with epilepsy depends largely on the localization of the underlying neurophysiological dysfuntion.

Discussion:

Rigorous conceptual analysis of ictal experience reports can help to illuminate the study of consciousness.

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