TITLE

Is the mystery an illusion? Papineau on the problem of consciousness

AUTHOR(S)
Pär Sundström
PUB. DATE
July 2008
SOURCE
Synthese;Jul2008, Vol. 163 Issue 2, p133
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Abstract  A number of philosophers have recently argued that (i) consciousness properties are identical with some set of physical or functional properties and that (ii) we can explain away the frequently felt puzzlement about this claim as a delusion or confusion generated by our different ways of apprehending or thinking about consciousness. This paper examines David Papineau’s influential version of this view. According to Papineau, the difference between our “phenomenal” and “material” concepts of consciousness produces an instinctive but erroneous intuition that these concepts can’t co-refer. I claim that this account fails. To begin with, it is arguable that we are mystified about physicalism even when the account predicts that we shouldn’t be. Further, and worse, the account predicts that an “intuition of distinctness” will arise in cases where it clearly does not. In conclusion, I make some remarks on the prospects for, constraints on, and (physicalist) alternatives to, a successful defence of the claim (ii).
ACCESSION #
33055501

 

Related Articles

  • Representation and development of cognition. Li Hengwei; Huang Huaxin // Frontiers of Philosophy in China;Oct2007, Vol. 2 Issue 4, p583 

    The article offers information on representation and development of cognition. It is posed that one of the major differences between dynamical systems theory and symbolism lies in their concepts on the role played by representation in cognition. It is also forwarded that from the standpoint of...

  • KATEGORINIS I. KANTO IMPERATYVAS DŽIAZUOJANÄŒIOJE EPOCHOJE. Jekentaitė, Leonarda // Problemos / Problems;2007, Vol. 72, p156 

    The way of philosophical thinking has radically changed in our days and sometimes we can name it as the thinking in the style of jazz. The mode of Kant's three "Critiques" looks too boaring and clumsy in comparison with it, nevertheless they remain on the top of the the human mind's achievements...

  • A Cognitive Science View of Abhinavagupta's Understanding of Consciousness. Biernacki, Loriliai // Religions;Sep2014, Vol. 5 Issue 3, p767 

    This paper offers a comparative analysis of the nature of consciousness correlating the insights of the 11th century Åšaiva philosopher Abhinavagupta with the work of some contemporary philosophers of consciousness. Ultimately these comparisons especially bring to light possibilities for...

  • GETTING ON IN THE WORLD. Carlton, Nemcomb // Saturday Evening Post;6/6/1931, Vol. 203 Issue 49, p33 

    Presents a statement about the insignificance of predigested thoughts and food.

  • Action and Self-Location in Perception. Schellenberg, Susanna // Mind;Jul2007, Vol. 116 Issue 463, p603 

    I offer an explanation of how subjects are able to perceive the intrinsic spatial properties of objects, given that subjects always perceive from a particular location. The argument proceeds in two steps. First, I argue that a conception of space is necessary to perceive the intrinsic spatial...

  • A Reading on Being and Becoming: From a Dualistic Vision to a Holistic Vision. Dharmaraj, Glory // Asia Journal of Theology;Apr2006, Vol. 20 Issue 1, p205 

    Presents a reading on being and becoming, two simplistic categories of thought behavior, which offered the opportunity to understand ancient philosophical thoughts.

  • Stop working and start thinking. Brecher, Natalie D. // Journal of Property Management;Nov/Dec2008, Vol. 73 Issue 6, p14 

    The author provides insights and personal reflection on how to acquire best results in your work. The section discusses the significance of thinking in acquiring best results. The author stresses several principles that may aid readers in gaining best results in your activity and action....

  • A theorist's philosophy of science. Robinson, Helier J. // Physics Today;Mar84, Vol. 37 Issue 3, p24 

    Proposes that what is "real" depends on whether a scientist is "earthy" or "airy." Definition of the two classifications of thinkers; Consideration of perceptions that divide theorists and experimentalists in science, or, rationalist and empiricist in philosophy.

  • THE GENERALITY OF PARTICULAR THOUGHT. Dickie, Imogen // Philosophical Quarterly;Jul2010, Vol. 60 Issue 240, p508 

    This paper is about the claim that, necessarily, a subject who can think that a is F must also have the capacities to think that a is G, a is H, a is I, and so on (for some reasonable range of G, H, I), and that b is F, c is F, d is F, and so on (for some reasonable range of b, c, d). I set out,...

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics