A Posteriori Physicalism and Introspection

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 98 (1):474-500 (2017)
Abstract
Introspection presents our phenomenal states in a manner otherwise than physical. This observation is often thought to amount to an argument against physicalism: if introspection presents phenomenal states as they essentially are, then phenomenal states cannot be physical states, for we are not introspectively aware of phenomenal states as physical states. In this article, I examine whether this argument threatens a posteriori physicalism. I argue that as along as proponents of a posteriori physicalism maintain that phenomenal concepts present the nature of their referents in a partial and incomplete manner, a posteriori physicalism is safe.
Keywords physicalism  introspection  phenomenal concepts
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DOI 10.1111/papq.12068
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