“The Experience of Left and Right” Meets the Physics of Left and Right

Noûs 46 (3):483-498 (2012)
I consider an argument, due to Geoffrey Lee, that we can know a priori from the left-right asymmetrical character of experience that our brains are left-right asymmetrical. Lee's argument assumes a premise he calls relationism, which I show is well-supported by the best philosophical picture of spacetime. I explain why Lee's relationism is compatible with left-right asymmetrical laws. I then show that the conclusion of Lee's argument is not as strong or surprising as he makes it out to be
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DOI 10.1111/j.1468-0068.2010.00814.x
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