Subjectivism and the Mental

Dialectica 70 (3):311-342 (2016)
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Giovanni Merlo
University of Stirling
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This paper defends the view that one's own mental states are metaphysically privileged vis-à-vis the mental states of others, even if only subjectively so. This is an instance of a more general view called Subjectivism, according to which reality is only subjectively the way it is. After characterizing Subjectivism in analogy to two relatively familiar views in the metaphysics of modality and time, I compare the Subjectivist View of the Mental with Egocentric Presentism, a version of Subjectivism recently advocated by Caspar Hare. I argue that the Subjectivist View of the Mental goes a considerable way towards solving certain long-standing philosophical puzzles having to do with the unity of consciousness, the contents of self-awareness and the intransmissibility of experiential knowledge through testimony.
Keywords Subjectivism  Egocentric presentism  Unity of consciousness  Phenomenal knowledge
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DOI 10.1111/1746-8361.12153
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