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What It's Like and Why: Subjective Qualia Explained as Objective Phenomena

By Jeffrey A. Medina

Abstract

Notably spurred into the philosophical forefront by Thomas Nagel's 'What Is It Like To Be a Bat?' decades ago, and since maintained by a number of advocates of dualism since that critical publication, is the assertion that our inability to know 'what it's like' to be someone or something else is inexplicable given physicalism. Contrary to this well-known and central objection, I find that a consistent and exhaustive physicalism is readily conceivable. I develop one such theory and demonstrate that not only is it consistent with the private and varied nature of subjective experience, it, in fact, entails it

Topics: Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics
Year: 2002
OAI identifier: oai:cogprints.org:2649
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