The Gap has been Bridged

Robert Kirk

in Raw Feeling

Published in print October 1996 | ISBN: 9780198236795
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679353 | DOI:
The Gap has been Bridged

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The intelligibility gap is not all-or-nothing: there are stepping stones. This chapter begins by recalling the main ones, and makes as vivid as possible the questions that may still seem perplexing. A central task will be to examine the difficulties raised by Nagel in his famous article ‘What Is It Like to Be a Bat?’. He proposed that ‘an organism has conscious mental states if and only if there is something it is like to be that organism — something it is like for the organism’.

Keywords: intelligibility gap; Nagel; consciousness; mental states; organism

Chapter.  11600 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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