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Explaining what?

Irvine, Elizabeth 2017. Explaining what? Topoi 36 (1) , pp. 95-106. 10.1007/s11245-014-9273-4

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Abstract

The Hard Problem is surrounded by a vast literature, to which it is increasingly hard to contribute to in any meaningful way. Accordingly, the strategy here is not to offer any new metaphysical or ‘in principle’ arguments in favour of the success of materialism, but to assume a Type Q(uinian) approach and look to contemporary consciousness science to see how the concept of consciousness fares there, and what kind of explanations we can hope to offer of it. It is suggested that while they will be materialist explanations, they will not be of the form that many scientists and philosophers would have us believe, but instead prompt a very different set of expectations and research projects.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Type Q materialism Consciousness Eliminativism Hard Problem
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 0167-7411
Date of Acceptance: 2015
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2017 13:37
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/78697

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