Philosophia 44 (3):915-920 (2016)

Kent Lin
Buddhist Tzu-Chi University
John R. Searle argues that consciousness is a biological problem, and that the subjective feature of consciousness doesn’t exclude the scientific study thereof. In this paper I attempt to show that Searle’s identification of the subjectivity of conscious experience as being merely ontologically subjective, but not epistemically subjective is problematic, as it confuses epistemic subjectivity with axiological subjectivity. Since Searle regards the distinction between epistemic subjectivity and ontological subjectivity as an important basis for scientific studies of consciousness, the unsoundness of his argument weakens his advocacy of Biological Naturalism.
Keywords Science of consciousness  Subjective  Ontological  Epistemic  Axiological
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DOI 10.1007/s11406-016-9724-9
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