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CULT Konuşmacı Serisi: Erhan Demircioğlu (Pittsburgh Üniversitesi)

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  Erhan Demircioğlu

   Ph.D. Adayı

                                                      Felsefe  Bölümü                                                    

           Pittsburgh Üniversitesi        


At the Gates of Consciousness: Physicalism and Phenomenal Concepts

Abstract:

Frank Jackson’s famous Knowledge Argument moves from the premise that
complete physical knowledge is not complete knowledge about experiences to
the falsity of physicalism. In recent years, a consensus has emerged that
the credibility of this and other well-known anti-physicalist arguments
can be undermined by allowing that we possess a special category of
concepts of experiences, phenomenal concepts, which are conceptually
independent from physical/functional concepts. It is held by a large
number of philosophers that since the conceptual independence of
phenomenal concepts does not imply the metaphysical independence of
phenomenal properties, physicalism is safe. This paper distinguishes
between two versions of this novel physicalist strategy –Phenomenal
Concept Strategy (PCS) – depending on how it cashes out “conceptual
independence,” and argues that neither helps the physicalist cause. A
dilemma for PCS arises: cashing out “conceptual independence” in a way
compatible with physicalism requires abandoning some manifest
phenomenological intuitions, and cashing it out in a way compatible with
those intuitions requires dropping physicalism. The upshot is that contra
Brian Loar and others, one cannot “have it both ways.”
 

 

 29Aralık 2010, Çarşamba
15:30-16:30
Yer: SSBF 2034