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Paradoxes for Liberal Naturalism

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/9780195168143.003.0007

Series: Philosophy of Mind Series

Paradoxes for Liberal Naturalism

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The previous chapters cited puzzles and tensions that Liberal Naturalism had encountered beyond those associated with orthodox psychology and neuroscience. This chapter explores five further issues concerning Liberal Naturalism with each having the character of a paradox: the unity of consciousness, the subjective instant, the knowledge paradox, the superfluity of consciousness, and the shallow structure of qualia. It aims to expose the intuitions behind the paradoxes with the purpose of identifying the problems from within a Liberal Naturalist framework. Given a new perspective, the author concludes this chapter by arguing that several possibilities concerning what nature is like have been ignored.

Keywords: Liberal Naturalism; psychology; neuroscience; consciousness; Liberal Naturalist framework; qualia; nature

Chapter.  5496 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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