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“You've Got Me Blowin', Blowin' My Mind” Eliminativism

Joseph Levine

in Purple Haze

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780195132359
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833375 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195132351.003.0006

Series: Philosophy of Mind Series

 “You've Got Me Blowin', Blowin' My Mind” Eliminativism

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Given the tenacity of the problem, and the otherwise overwhelming support for materialism, the idea that conscious experience is just an illusion – the doctrine of eliminativism – is considered seriously. Two versions of eliminativism are considered: a straight version and one that is combined with representationalism. It is argued that neither version can adequately accommodate our first‐person cognitive access to our own conscious experience, as our substantive and determinate conceptions of qualia would not be possible if qualia themselves were unreal.

Keywords: eliminativism; first‐person access; qualia; representationalism

Chapter.  12178 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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