The Phenomenal Concept Strategy

Document Type: 
Article
Article Type: 
Theoretical
Disciplines: 
Philosophy
Topics: 
Theory of Consciousness
Keywords: 
Chalmers, explanatory gap, phenomenal concept, phenomenal consciousness, physicalism, zombie
Deposited by: 
Dr Peter Carruthers
Date of Issue: 
2007
Authors: 
Peter Carruthers, Bénédicte Veillet
Journal/Publication Title: 
Journal of Consciousness Studies
Volume: 
14
Issue Number: 
09/10/08
Page Range: 
212-236
Abstract: 
A powerful reply to a range of familiar anti-physicalist arguments has recently been developed. According to this reply, our possession of phenomenal concepts can explain the facts that the anti-physicalist claims can only be explained by a non-reductive account of phenomenal consciousness. Chalmers (2006) argues that the phenomenal concept strategy is doomed to fail. This paper presents the phenomenal concept strategy, Chalmers’ argument against it, and a defense of the strategy against his argument.
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