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Physicalist Responses to the Argument against Physicalism

Gregg Rosenberg

in A Place for Consciousness

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780195168143
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850075 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168143.003.0003

Series: Philosophy of Mind Series

Physicalist Responses to the Argument against Physicalism

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The argument against physicalism is an argument against the claim that the physical facts entail the facts about phenomenal consciousness. To be able to explain why orthodox physicalist's approaches are unsatisfying, the author first presents the kinds of responses a physicalist may claim and categorizes them into three: appeals to a posteriori necessity, appeals to holism, and warnings about a greater absurdity. In this chapter, each of these strategies for responding to the anti-physicalist arguments is examined. Subsequently, the author outlines various reasons why he considers these responses inadequate.

Keywords: physicalism; physical facts; phenomenal consciousness; anti-physicalist

Chapter.  22751 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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