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First-Person Interventions and the Meta-Problem of Consciousness

Klein, Colin; Barron, Andrew


Chalmers' (2018) meta-problem of consciousness emphasizes unexpected common ground between otherwise incompatible positions. We argue that the materialist should welcome discussion of the meta-problem. We suggest that the core of the metaproblem is the seeming arbitrariness of subjective experience. This has an unexpected resolution when one moves to an interventionist account of scientific explanation: the same interventions that resolve the hard problem should also resolve the meta-problem.

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020-01-01
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Consciousness Studies


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