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The Explanatory Gap

David Papineau

in Thinking about Consciousness

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780199243822
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598166 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199243824.003.0006
 The Explanatory Gap

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Joseph Levine argues that there is an “explanatory gap” between the brain and the conscious mind. Papineau agrees that there is such a gap, but points out that similar gaps are found with all identity claims involving directly referring terms, and so the gap does nothing to discredit materialism. The gap does not present any epistemological barrier to materialism.

Keywords: brain; conscious mind; consciousness; epistemological gap; Explanatory gap; Joseph Levine; materialism

Chapter.  7529 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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