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Phenomenal QualitiesSense, Perception, and Consciousness$
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Paul Coates and Sam Coleman

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198712718

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712718.001.0001

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Real Acquaintance and Physicalism

Real Acquaintance and Physicalism

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(p.121) 4 Real Acquaintance and Physicalism
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Phenomenal Qualities
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Philip Goff

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712718.003.0005

‘Real acquaintance’ is a special kind of intimate relationship subjects bear to their phenomenal qualities, in virtue of which: (i) a psychologically normal subject can know the real nature of one of her phenomenal qualities by attending to that quality, (ii) a psychologically normal subject is able to put herself into a situation in which, with respect to one of her phenomenal qualities, she is justified in being certain that that quality is instantiated. Our phenomenal qualities do not seem to have a physical nature when we attend to them; hence, if subjects do bear the real acquaintance relationship to their phenomenal qualities, we have strong reason to think that physicalism is false. This chapter argues for real acquaintance on the grounds that its existence explains certain facts about our epistemic situation with respect to our phenomenal qualities. Tghe chapter then argues against physicalism, with particular reference to the phenomenal concept strategy.

Keywords:   phenomenal concept strategy, physicalism, acquaintance, epistemology of consciousness, consciousness, phenomenal qualities, revelation

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