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The Knowledge Argument against Dualism

Nagasawa, Yujin

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Paul Churchland argues that Frank Jackson's Knowledge Argument against physicalism is so strong that if it defeated physicalism it would, at the same time, defeat 'substance dualism' The purpose of this paper is to articulate this 'parity of reasons' objection. In the first part of the paper, I discuss Churchland's argument. I demonstrate that although his formulation of the objection is not wholly satisfactory, it may be revised so that the Knowledge Argument would defeat a certain form of...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorNagasawa, Yujin
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T23:07:19Z
dc.date.available2015-12-13T23:07:19Z
dc.identifier.issn0040-5825
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/86157
dc.description.abstractPaul Churchland argues that Frank Jackson's Knowledge Argument against physicalism is so strong that if it defeated physicalism it would, at the same time, defeat 'substance dualism' The purpose of this paper is to articulate this 'parity of reasons' objection. In the first part of the paper, I discuss Churchland's argument. I demonstrate that although his formulation of the objection is not wholly satisfactory, it may be revised so that the Knowledge Argument would defeat a certain form of dualism. In the second part, I apply the parity of reasons objection to David Chalmers' dualism. Chalmers rejects physicalism on the basis of the Knowledge Argument and introduces two possible forms of dualism. I show that of those two forms of dualism, Chalmers has to endorse the one that he does not prefer because the other is vulnerable to the parity of reasons objection.
dc.publisherThales
dc.sourceTheoria: a Swedish journal of philosophy
dc.titleThe Knowledge Argument against Dualism
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume68
dc.date.issued2002
local.identifier.absfor220314 - Philosophy of Mind (excl. Cognition)
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub14934
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationNagasawa, Yujin, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage205
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage223
dc.date.updated2015-12-12T08:08:42Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-33846296357
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