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  1. The Reality of Free Will.Claus Janew - 2020 - Journal of Consciousness Exploration and Research 11 (1):1-16.
    The uniqueness of each viewpoint, each point of effect, can be "overcome" only by changing the viewpoint to other viewpoints and returning. Such an alternation, which can also appear as constant change, makes up the unity of the world. The wholeness of an alternation, however, is a consciousness structure because of the special relationship between the circumscribing periphery and the infinitesimal center. This process structure unites determinacy and indeterminacy at every point also totally. We are dealing, therefore, with forms of (...)
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  2. Panpsychism’s Combination Problem Is a Problem for Everyone.Angela Mendelovici - 2019 - In William Seager (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Panpsychism. London, UK: Routledge.
    The most pressing worry for panpsychism is arguably the combination problem, the problem of intelligibly explaining how the experiences of microphysical entities combine to form the experiences of macrophysical entities such as ourselves. This chapter argues that the combination problem is similar in kind to other problems of mental combination that are problems for everyone: the problem of phenomenal unity, the problem of mental structure, and the problem of new quality spaces. The ubiquity of combination problems suggests the ignorance hypothesis, (...)
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  3. Human Cognitive Closure and Mysterianism: Reply to Kriegel.Erhan Demircioglu - 2017 - Acta Analytica 32 (1):125-132.
    In this paper, I respond to Kriegel’s criticism of McGinn’s mysterianism. Kriegel objects to a particular argument for the possibility of human cognitive closure and also gives a direct argument against mysterianism. I intend to show that neither the objection nor the argument is convincing.
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  4. Psychological Closure Does Not Entail Cognitive Closure.Michael Vlerick & Maarten Boudry - 2017 - Dialectica 71 (1):101-115.
    According to some philosophers, we are “cognitively closed” to the answers to certain problems. McGinn has taken the next step and offered a list of examples: the mind/body problem, the problem of the self and the problem of free will. There are naturalistic, scientific answers to these problems, he argues, but we cannot reach them because of our cognitive limitations. In this paper, we take issue with McGinn's thesis as the most well-developed and systematic one among the so-called “new mysterians”. (...)
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  5. On an Argument From Analogy for the Possibility of Human Cognitive Closure.Erhan Demircioglu - 2016 - Minds and Machines 26 (3):227-241.
    In this paper, I aim to show that McGinn’s argument from analogy for the possibility of human cognitive closure survives the critique raised on separate occasions by Dennett and Kriegel. I will distinguish between linguistic and non-linguistic cognitive closure and argue that the analogy argument from animal non-linguistic cognitive closure goes untouched by the objection Dennett and Kriegel raises.
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  6. Against McGinn's Mysterianism.Erhan Demircioglu - 2016 - Cilicia Journal of Philosophy 3 (1):1-10.
    There are two claims that are central to McGinn’s mysterianism: (1) there is a naturalist and constructive solution of the mind-body problem, and (2) we human beings are incapable in principle of solving the mind-body problem. I believe (1) and (2) are compatible: the truth of one does not entail the falsity of the other. However, I will argue that the reasons McGinn presents for thinking that (2) is true are incompatible with the truth of (1), at least on a (...)
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  7. What's Not to Like? Review of The Meaning of Disgust, Colin McGinn.A. E. Denham - 2016 - European Journal of Philosophy 24 (1):302-307.
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  8. Can Evolution Get Us Off the Hook? Evaluating the Ecological Defence of Human Rationality.Maarten Boudry, Michael Vlerick & Ryan McKay - 2015 - Consciousness and Cognition 33:524-535.
    This paper discusses the ecological case for epistemic innocence: does biased cognition have evolutionary benefits, and if so, does that exculpate human reasoners from irrationality? Proponents of ‘ecological rationality’ have challenged the bleak view of human reasoning emerging from research on biases and fallacies. If we approach the human mind as an adaptive toolbox, tailored to the structure of the environment, many alleged biases and fallacies turn out to be artefacts of narrow norms and artificial set-ups. However, we argue that (...)
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  9. The Puzzle of Consciousness.Erhan Demircioğlu - 2015 - Kilikya Felsefe Dergisi / Cilicia Journal of Philosophy 2 (2):76-85.
    In this article, I aim to present some of the reasons why consciousness is viewed as an intractable problem by many philosophers. Furthermore, I will argue that if these reasons are properly appreciated, then McGinn’s so-called mysterianism may not sound as far-fetched as it would otherwise sound.
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  10. Truth By Analysis by Colin McGinn. [REVIEW]Richard Baron - 2014 - Philosophy Now 104:45-45.
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  11. Biological Constraints Do Not Entail Cognitive Closure.Michael Vlerick - 2014 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 48:21-27.
    From the premise that our biology imposes cognitive constraints on our epistemic activities, a series of prominent authors – most notably Fodor, Chomsky and McGinn – have argued that we are cognitively closed to certain aspects and properties of the world. Cognitive constraints, they argue, entail cognitive closure. I argue that this is not the case. More precisely, I detect two unwarranted conflations at the core of arguments deriving closure from constraints. The first is a conflation of what I will (...)
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  12. McGinn Resigns.James Garvey - 2013 - The Philosophers' Magazine 62:7-7.
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  13. Basic Structures of Reality: Essays in Meta-Physics, by Colin McGinn. [REVIEW]Kerry McKenzie - 2013 - Mind 122 (487):fzt073.
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  14. Self-Representationalism and the Neo-Russellian Ignorance Hypothesis: A Hybrid Account of Phenomenal Consciousness.Tom McClelland - 2012 - Dissertation, Sussex
    This thesis introduces the Problem of Consciousness as an antinomy between Physicalism and Primitivism about the phenomenal. I argue that Primitivism is implausible, but is supported by two conceptual gaps. The ‘–tivity gap’ holds that physical states are objective and phenomenal states are subjective, and that there is no entailment from the objective to the subjective. The ‘–trinsicality gap’ holds that physical properties are extrinsic and phenomenal qualities are intrinsic, and that there is no entailment from the extrinsic to the (...)
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  15. A Dialogue on Consciousness, by Torin Alter and Robert Howell. [REVIEW]Basil Smith - 2012 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 19 (9-10):247-252.
  16. McGinn, Colin. Basic Structures of Reality: Essays in Meta-Physics.Alan White - 2012 - Review of Metaphysics 66 (1):160-161.
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  17. Review of Malafouris & Renfrew (2010): The Cognitive Life of Things. Recasting the Boundaries of the Mind. [REVIEW]Lucas M. Bietti - 2011 - Pragmatics and Cognition 19 (1):141-149.
  18. On The Infinitely Hard Problem Of Consciousness.Bernard Molyneux - 2011 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 89 (2):211 - 228.
    I show that the recursive structure of Leibniz's Law requires agents to perform infinitely many operations to psychologically identify the referents of phenomenal and physical concepts, even though the referents of ordinary concepts (e.g. Hesperus and Phosphorus) can be identified in a finite number of steps. The resulting problem resembles the hard problem of consciousness in the fact that it appears (and indeed is) unsolvable by anyone for whom it arises, and in the fact that it invites dualist and eliminativist (...)
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  19. Cognitive Closure And Body-Mind Problem In Mcginn’s Philosophy.Monika Szachniewicz - 2011 - Studia Philosophica Wratislaviensia 6 (4):37-53.
    In this paper I present statements of the British philosopher Colin McGinn, about the mind-body problem. I depict the concept of “cognitive closure” and related with it „new mysterianism” according to which consciousness may be a mystery in the epistemological field but not in the ontological. Consciousness exists and has its own explanation, but its character is hidden by the limitation of our cognitive powers. I discuss his hypothesis of transcendental naturalism according to which both our limitation as well as (...)
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  20. Mysterianism and Skepticism.Mario De Caro - 2009 - Iris. European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate 1 (2):449-458.
    The article discusses the proposals for replying to the skeptical challenge developed by the so-called Neo-mysterians, and more particularly by the most eloquent of them, Colin McGinn. McGinn’s version of mysterianism, which he labels “Transcendental Naturalism,” is a very candid and rigorous form of scientific naturalism since (contrary to the standard naturalistic views) it is prepared to concede both that the attempts to reduce philosophically controversial phenomena – such as knowledge, free will, consciousness, meaning and the self – do not (...)
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  21. Colin McGinn, Mindfucking: A Critique of Mental Manipulation.Berel Dov Lerner - 2009 - Philosophy in Review 29 (2):123.
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  22. Colin McGinn, Mindfucking: A Critique of Mental Manipulation Reviewed By.Berel Dov Lerner - 2009 - Philosophy in Review 29 (2):123-124.
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  23. In Defence of Mysterianism.Melanie Rosen - 2009 - Cogito 4 (3):12-23.
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  24. How Should We Live? Illness, Havi Carel; Sport, Colin McGinn and Hunger, Raymond Tallis (Acumen)£ 9.99.Michael Sayeau - 2009 - The Philosophers' Magazine 44:101-103.
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  25. McGinn, Colin. Shakespeare's Philosophy: Discovering the Meaning Behind the Plays.Sandra S. F. Erickson - 2008 - Princípios 15 (24):301-314.
    Resenha do livro de McGinn, Colin. Shakespeare ’s Philosophy : Discovering the meaning Behind the Plays [A filosofia de Shakespeare : descobrindo o significado atrás das peças]. New York: Harper, 2008. 230 páginas.
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  26. Colin Symes.Glenn Gould - 2008 - In Mine Doğantan (ed.), Recorded Music: Philosophical and Critical Reflections. Middlesex University Press. pp. 41.
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  27. Argument z superweniencji a niekonstruktywny naturalizm.Mariusz Grygianiec - 2008 - Filozofia Nauki 3.
    In a series of influential articles Jaegwon Kim has developed strong arguments against nonreductive physicalism as a possible solution to the problem of mental causation. One of them is the Supervenience Argument which states that assuming the mental/physical supervenience thesis, the causal closure principle, the exclusion principle with the no-overdetermination requirement and property dualism we obtain the conclusion that mental causation is unintelligible. On the other hand Collin McGinn has argued that a solution to the mind-body problem is forever beyond (...)
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  28. Mindfucking: A Critique of Mental Manipulation.Colin McGinn - 2008 - Routledge.
    Being surrounded by bullshit is one thing. Having your mind fucked is quite another. The former is irritating, but the latter is violating and intrusive . If someone manipulates your thoughts and emotions, messing with your head, you naturally feel resentment: he or she has distorted your perceptions, disturbed your feelings, maybe even usurped your self. Mindfucking is a prevalent aspect of contemporary culture and the agent can range from an individual to a whole state, from personal mind games to (...)
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  29. Mindfucking: A Critique of Mental Manipulation.Colin McGinn - 2008 - Routledge.
    Being surrounded by bullshit is one thing. Having your mind fucked is quite another. The former is irritating, but the latter is violating and intrusive. If someone manipulates your thoughts and emotions, messing with your head, you naturally feel resentment: he or she has distorted your perceptions, disturbed your feelings, maybe even usurped your self. Mindfucking is a prevalent aspect of contemporary culture and the agent can range from an individual to a whole state, from personal mind games to wholesale (...)
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  30. Mysterianism.Mark Rowlands - 2007 - In Max Velmans & Susan Schneider (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness. Blackwell. pp. 335--345.
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  31. A Space Oddity: Colin McGinn on Consciousness and Space.Sophie R. Allen - 2006 - Journal of Consciousness Studies 13 (4):61-82.
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  32. Moral Mysterianism.Eric Kraemer - 2006 - Southwest Philosophy Review 22 (1):69-77.
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  33. A Strategy for Assessing Closure.Peter Murphy - 2006 - Erkenntnis 65 (3):365 - 383.
    This paper looks at an argument strategy for assessing the epistemic closure principle. This is the principle that says knowledge is closed under known entailment; or (roughly) if S knows p and S knows that p entails q, then S knows that q. The strategy in question looks to the individual conditions on knowledge to see if they are closed. According to one conjecture, if all the individual conditions are closed, then so too is knowledge. I give a deductive argument (...)
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  34. McGinn, C.(2004). Mindsight: Image, Dream, Meaning.J. Thomas - 2006 - Journal of Phenomenological Psychology 37 (2):293.
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  35. Locke's Mysterianism: On the Unsolvability of the Mind-Body Problem.Jason L. Megill - 2005 - Locke Studies 5:119-147.
  36. Mysteries and Scandals: Transcendental Naturalism and the Future of Philosophy. P. - 2005 - Critica 37 (110):35-52.
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  37. Mysteries and Scandals. Transcendental Naturalism and the Future of Philosophy.Diana I. Pérez - 2005 - Critica 37 (110):35-52.
    In this paper I shall discuss McGinn's transcendental naturalism and the reasons he gives in order to show that philosophy will always be just a cluster of mysteries without answers. I shall show that the three main arguments he gives for TN are inconclusive and that a modular architecture of the mind he presupposes is not committed to the epistemic thesis of TN, the idea that we are "cognitively closed" to answering some questions about consciousness, meaning, knowledge and the like. (...)
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  38. Review of Colin McGinn, Consciousness and its Objects[REVIEW]Daniel Stoljar - 2005 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2005 (2).
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  39. A Review Of Colin Mcginn's Mindsight. [REVIEW]Casey Woodling - 2005 - PSYCHE: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Research On Consciousness 11.
    Anyone who has been around analytic philosophy the past 20 years knows that consciousness is in. These days much effort is spent playing whack-a-dualist. It seems that anyone who is anyone has written a book on the metaphysics of mind. Colin McGinn's new book marks a refreshing departure from this trend. Mindsight: Image, Dream, Meaning discusses the role imagination plays in the way we represent the world; the role it plays in dreams and some mental illnesses; and the fundamental role (...)
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  40. Sisyphus's Boulder: Consciousness and the Limits of the Knowable.Eric Dietrich & Valerie Gray Hardcastle - 2004 - John Benjamins.
    In Sisyphus's Boulder, Eric Dietrich and Valerie Hardcastle argue that we will never get such a theory because consciousness has an essential property that..
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  41. McGinn, Colin, Logical Properties.J. C. Beall - 2003 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 81 (4):609-610.
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  42. McGinn on Consciousness and the Mind-Body Problem.Anthony L. Brueckner & E. Beroukhim - 2003 - In Quentin Smith & Aleksandar Jokic (eds.), Consciousness: New Philosophical Perspectives. Oxford University Press.
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  43. 14. McGinn on Consciousness and the Mind-Body Problem.Noam Chomsky & Thomas Nagel - 2003 - In Quentin Smith & Aleksandar Jokic (eds.), Consciousness: New Philosophical Perspectives. Oxford University Press. pp. 396.
  44. Colin Lyas.Aesth Etics - 2003 - In John Shand (ed.), Fundamentals of Philosophy. Routledge. pp. 351.
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  45. The New Mysterianism and the Thesis of Cognitive Closure.Uriah Kriegel - 2003 - Acta Analytica 18 (30-31):177-191.
    The paper discusses Colin McGinn’s mysterianist approach to the phenomenon of consciousness. According to McGinn, consciousness is, in and of itself, a fully natural phenomenon, but we humans are just cognitively closed to it, meaning that we cannot in principle understand its nature. I argue that, on a proper conception of the relation between an intellectual problem and its solution, we may well not know what the solution is to a problem we understand, or we may not understand exactly what (...)
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  46. What Constitutes the Mind-Body Problem.Colin McGinn - 2003 - Philosophical Issues 13 (1):148-62.
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  47. Review of Colin McGinn, Logical Properties[REVIEW]Patricia Blanchette - 2002 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2002 (3).
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  48. Colin McGinn, Ethics, Evil and Fiction, Oxford, Oxford University-Press, 1997, Pp. Viii + 186.Titimothy Chappell - 2002 - Utilitas 14 (2):258.
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  49. On Colin McGinn, Ethics, Evil, and Fiction.Jerrold Levinson - 2002 - SATS 3 (1).
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  50. Review Essay. On Colin McGinn, Ethics, Evil, and Fiction.Jerrold Levinson - 2002 - SATS 3 (1).
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