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The knowledge argument aims to establish that conscious experience involves non-physical properties. It rests on the idea that someone who has complete physical knowledge about another conscious being might yet lack knowledge about how it feels to have the experiences of that being. It is one of the most discussed arguments against physicalism. The Knowledge Argument became the subject of intense philosophical discussion following its canonical formulation by Frank Jackson


Qualia: The Knowledge Argument

We'd like to understand how you use our websites in order to improve them. Register your interest. Hans Muller has recently attempted to show that Frank Jackson cannot assert the existence of qualia without thereby falsifying himself on the matter of such mental states being epiphenomenal with respect to the physical world. I argue that Muller misunderstands the commitments of qualia epiphenomenalism and that, as a result, his arguments against Jackson do not go through. This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access. Rent this article via DeepDyve.


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Epiphenomenalism is a position on the mind—body problem which holds that physical and biochemical events within the human body sense organs , neural impulses , and muscle contractions, for example are causal with respect to mental events thought, consciousness, and cognition. According to this view, subjective mental events are completely dependent for their existence on corresponding physical and biochemical events within the human body yet themselves have no causal efficacy on physical events. The appearance that subjective mental states such as intentions influence physical events is merely an illusion. For instance, fear seems to make the heart beat faster, but according to epiphenomenalism the biochemical secretions of the brain and nervous system such as adrenaline —not the experience of fear—is what raises the heartbeat. He defended the idea of automatic behavior , or the performance of actions without conscious thought.


Still Epiphenomenal Qualia: Response to Muller

Jackson quotes are from "Epiphenomenal Qualia. Jackson describes himself as "a qualia freak". The word "qualia" is the plural of the word "quale" pronounced KWA-lay. A quale is a "raw feel". Examples of qualia include "the hurtfulness of pains, the itchiness of itches, pangs of jealousy" and the taste of pineapple, the smell of a rose, etc.

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