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Ignorance and Imagination

Daniel Stoljar

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780195306583
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786619 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195306589.001.0001

Series: Philosophy of Mind Series

Ignorance and Imagination

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This book advances a novel way to resolve the central philosophical problem about the mind: how it is that consciousness or experience fits into a larger naturalistic picture of the world. The correct response to the problem, it is argued, is not to posit a realm of experience distinct from the physical, nor to deny the reality of phenomenal experience, nor even to rethink our understanding of consciousness and the language we use to talk about it. Instead, we should view the problem itself as having its origin in our ignorance of the relevant physical facts. This change of orientation is shown to be well motivated historically, empirically, and philosophically, and to have none of the side effects it is sometimes thought to have. The result is a philosophical perspective on the mind that has a number of far-reaching consequences: for consciousness studies, for our place in nature, and for the way we think about the relationship between philosophy and science.

Keywords: ignorance; imagination; consciousness; experience; conceivability; naturalism; physicalism; phenomenal experience; philosophy of mind

Book.  288 pages. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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Introduction in Ignorance and Imagination

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The Phenomenal Conception in Ignorance and Imagination

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Three Problems of Experience in Ignorance and Imagination

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 The Skeptical Challenge in Ignorance and Imagination

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 Error from Ignorance in Ignorance and Imagination

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 General Plausibility in Ignorance and Imagination

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 Russellian Speculations in Ignorance and Imagination

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 Historical Precedent in Ignorance and Imagination

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 Objections and Replies in Ignorance and Imagination

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 A Posteriori Entailment in Ignorance and Imagination

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