This chapter begins with the subjective conception of consciousness that gives rise to the explanatory gap and the intractability of the 'why?' question. It then discusses the approach to the study of consciousness, an approach that rejects the subjective conception in favour of a broadly behaviourist one. Finally, it discusses the knowledge argument - an argument for the anti-physicalist claim that phenomenal properties of conscious mental states are not physical properties.
|Title of host publication||Frontiers of Consciousness|
|Subtitle of host publication||Chichele Lectures|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press, USA|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
- Conscious mental states
- Knowledge argument
- Subjective conception