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Strict Implication and the Swiss Cheese Principle

Robert Kirk

in Raw Feeling

Published in print October 1996 | ISBN: 9780198236795
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679353 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236795.003.0003
Strict Implication and the Swiss Cheese Principle

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Philosophy is not in the business of discovering the mechanisms of the brain. But it can aspire to understand how the workings of any mere mechanisms could produce something so mysterious as raw feeling. If raw feeling involves only physical processes, those processes must determine not only that it occurs, but what it is like. Thus, the connection from physical processes to raw feeling must be an absolutely necessary one. Yet if the Transformation thesis is true, it is hard to understand how that can be so. This chapter defends two propositions which, taken together, will help to make this understanding possible.

Keywords: raw feeling; Transformation thesis; Swiss Cheese principle; Strict Implication thesis

Chapter.  13906 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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