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Consciousness and the Prospects of Physicalism

Derk Pereboom


This book explores how physicalism might best defended and formulated. Two responses to the knowledge and conceivability arguments are set out. The first draws on the open possibility that introspective representations fail to represent mental states as they are in themselves. More specifically, introspection represents phenomenal properties as having certain characteristic qualitative natures, and it may be that these properties really lack such features. The seriousness of this open possibility is enhanced by an analogy with our perceptual representations of secondary qualities. Our vision r ... More

Keywords: physicalism, consciousness, phenomenal property, knowledge argument, conceivability argument, monism, intrinsic property, noneductive, constitution, realization, functionalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199764037
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764037.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Derk Pereboom, author
Cornell University
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