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Facing ourselves: Incorrigibility and the mind body problem

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In the keynote essay, David Chalmers (1995) proposes that we explain consciousness by a non-reductive theory of experience which adds new basic principles to the laws of nature. This essay endorses Chalmers’ proposal but argues -- contrary to Chalmers -- that the principles of such a theory interfere with purely physical laws, since the principles entail violations of physical conservation laws. The essay argues that the qualified incorrigibility of the mental nonetheless provides compelling reason to opt for a non-reductive theory.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams, Chicago, IL 60661, USA.

Publication date: 1996-03-01

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