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The Trouble with Mary

McGeer, Victoria


Two arguments are famously held to support the conclusion that consciousness cannot be explained in purely physical or functional terms - hence, that physicalism is false: the modal argument and the knowledge argument. While anti-physicalists appeal to both arguments, this paper argues there is a methodological incoherence in jointly maintaining them: the modal argument supports the possibility of zombies; but the possibility of zombies undercuts the knowledge argument. At best, this leaves...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: Pacific Philosophical Quarterly


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