Analysis 80 (4):629-639 (2021)

Brian Cutter
University of Notre Dame
The modal argument against materialism, in its most standard form, relies on a compatibility thesis to the effect that the physical truths are compatible with the absence of consciousness. I propose an alternative modal argument that relies on an incompatibility thesis: The existence of consciousness is incompatible with the proposition that the physical truths provide a complete description of reality. I show that everyone who accepts the premises of the standard modal argument must accept the premises of the revised modal argument, but not vice versa.
Keywords Consciousness  Physicalism  Zombies  The modal argument
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DOI 10.1093/analys/anaa023
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