Review of Torin Alter, Sven Walter (eds.), Phenomenal Concepts and Phenomenal Knowledge: New Essays on Consciousness and Physicalism [Book Review]

The book under review is a collection of thirteen essays on the nature <span class='Hi'>phenomenal</span> concepts and the ways in which <span class='Hi'>phenomenal</span> concepts figure in debates over physicalism. <span class='Hi'>Phenomenal</span> concepts are of special interest in a number of ways. First, they refer to <span class='Hi'>phenomenal</span> experiences, and the qualitative character of those experiences (aka “qualia”) whose metaphysical status is hotly debated. There are recent arguments, originating in Descartes’ famous conceivability argument, that purport to show that <span class='Hi'>phenomenal</span> experience is irreducibly non-physical. Second, <span class='Hi'>phenomenal</span> concepts are widely thought to be special and unique among concepts. Both the anti-physicalist arguments and physicalist replies to these arguments turn on views about the nature of <span class='Hi'>phenomenal</span> concepts. In this review I survey the many ways in which the essays in this volume are engaged (pro or con) with anti-physicalist arguments and the role <span class='Hi'>phenomenal</span> concepts play in these arguments.
Keywords Knowledge Argument  Phenomenal Concepts  Phenomenal Concept Strategy
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