In Defence of Type-A Materialism

Diametros 49:68-83 (2016)

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Roberto Pereira
Universidad de Costa Rica
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In this paper, I argue against the phenomenal concept strategy and in favor of what Chalmers has called type-A materialism. On her release, Mary makes no cognitive discovery at all; not even a thin non-possibility-eliminating discovery, as Tye has recently claimed. When she is imprisoned, Mary already knows everything that is to be known about the phenomenal character of her experiences. What Mary acquires is a new non-cognitive and nonconceptual representation.
Keywords Type-A materialism  Non-conceptual content  Knowledge Argument  Phenomenal Concepts  Type-B materialism
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DOI 10.13153/diam.49.2016.921
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