Conceiving what is not there
Abstract:In this paper I argue that certain so-called conceivability arguments fail to show that a currently popular version of physicalism in the philosophy of mind is false. Concentrating on an argument due to David Chalmers, I first argue that Chalmers misrepresents the relation between conceivability and possibility. I then argue that the intuition behind the conceivability of so-called zombie worlds can be accounted for without having to suppose that such worlds are genuinely conceivable. I conclude with some general remarks about the nature of conceivability.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA 94928, USA. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date: August 1, 2001