Swamp Mary's revenge: deviant phenomenal knowledge and physicalism

Philosophical Studies 148 (2):231 - 247 (2010)
Deviant phenomenal knowledge is knowing what it's like to have experiences of, e. g., red without actually having had experiences of red. Such a knower is a deviant. Some physicalists have argued and some anti-physicalists have denied that the possibility of deviants undermines anti-physicalism and the Knowledge Argument. The current paper presents new arguments defending the deviant-based attacks on anti-physicalism. Central to my arguments are considerations concerning the psychosemantic underpinnings of deviant phenomenal knowledge. I argue that physicalists are in a superior position to account for the conditions in virtue of which states of deviants constitute representations of phenomenal facts
Keywords Phenomenal knowledge  Physicalism  Knowledge argument  Psychosemantics
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DOI 10.2307/40606332
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