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Consciousness and the Limits of Objectivity
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Consciousness and the Limits of Objectivity: The Case for Subjective Physicalism

Robert J. Howell

Abstract

Howell argues that the options in the debates about consciousness and the mind–body problem are more limited than many philosophers have appreciated. Unless one takes a hard-line stance, which either denies the data provided by consciousness or makes a leap of faith about future discoveries, one must admit that no objective picture of our world can be complete. Howell argues, however, that this is consistent with physicalism, contrary to received wisdom. After developing a novel, neo-Cartesian notion of the physical, followed by a careful consideration of the three major anti-materialist argum ... More

Keywords: consciousness, physicalism, knowledge argument, conceivability, subjectivity, objectivity, ontology, materialism, mind, dualism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199654666
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654666.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert J. Howell, author
Southern Methodist University