Evidence, explanation, and experience: On the harder problem of consciousness

Journal of Philosophy 101 (5):242-254 (2004)
Creatures that have different physical realizations than human beings may or may not be conscious. Ned Block’s ‘harder problem of consciousness’ is that naturalistic phenomenal realists have no conception of a rational ground for belief that they have or have not discovered consciousness in such a creature. Drawing on the notion of inference to the best explanation, it appears the arguments to these conclusions beg the question and ignore that explanation may be a guide to discovery. Thus, best explanation can both validate an interpretation of the evidence and lead to the discovery of consciousness
Keywords Consciousness  Evidence  Experience  Explanation  Metaphysics  Naturalism  Block, N
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