John Perry

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Mind

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780199262618
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy


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Subjectivity is to many philosophers what the frog is to many biologists: the object of fascination that first drew them to their discipline. The first part of this article discusses what we find there in our individual consciousness or subjectivity: experiences of various sorts, including thoughts and thoughts about thoughts and thoughts about other experiences. It also briefly considers what these things are doing there. The second part discusses whether Frank Jackson's ‘knowledge argument’ provides a good reason to doubt that all these things we find in our minds are events in and states of our brain.

Keywords: subjectivity; individual consciousness; thoughts; experiences; Frank Jackson; mental state

Article.  8680 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Philosophy of Mind

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