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dc.contributor.authorGrindeland, James Martin
dc.date.accessioned2014-05-16T04:30:30Z
dc.date.available2014-05-16T04:30:30Z
dc.date.issued2013-12
dc.identifier.othergrindeland_james_m_201312_phd
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/grindeland_james_m_201312_phd
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/29775
dc.description.abstractI evaluate and defend David Chalmers’ two-dimensional argument against materialism in light of criticisms. I motivate Chalmers’ argument by showing how the traditional anti-materialist arguments of René Descartes, Saul Kripke, and Frank Jackson have serious conceivability problems. Specifically, they take certain statements to be conceivable, which might not really be conceivable; and they take conceivability as a reliable guide to possibility, despite the lesson of Kripkean a posteriori necessities that conceivability is not a perfectly reliable guide to possibility. Subsequently, I explicate Chalmers’ argument and evaluate it in light of criticisms. I argue that there is a way of running Chalmers’ argument that stands up well against the criticisms, and I conclude by summing up the most important ways in which my discussion advances the literature.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectconceivability
dc.subjectconsciousness
dc.subjectmaterialism
dc.subjectnecessity
dc.subjectphysics
dc.subjectpossibility
dc.subjectRussellian monism
dc.subjectstructure
dc.subjecttwo-dimensional semantics
dc.titleOn the hard problem of consciousness
dc.title.alternativean evaluation and defense of Chalmers' two-dimensional argument against materialism
dc.typeDissertation
dc.description.degreePhD
dc.description.departmentPhilosophy
dc.description.majorPhilosophy
dc.description.advisorRene Jagnow
dc.description.committeeRene Jagnow
dc.description.committeeCharles Cross
dc.description.committeeYuri Balashov


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