The Phenomenal Concept Strategy
Topics:Theory of Consciousness
Keywords:Chalmers, explanatory gap, phenomenal concept, phenomenal consciousness, physicalism, zombie
Deposited by:Dr Peter Carruthers
Date of Issue:2007
Journal/Publication Title:Journal of Consciousness Studies
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.