The two-dimensional argument against materialism and its semantic premise

Diametros 29:80-92 (2011)
Abstract
David Chalmers argues that zombies are possible because they are ideally conceivable and that therefore consciousness does not supervene on the physical. In this paper I discuss the most influential criticism of the conceivability-possibility principle in the current literature. According to that criticism, the conceivability-possibility principle is unjustified because it depends on a certain unjustified assumption concerning the semantic conditions under which necessary statements can be true a posteriori, namely that a posteriority is due to contingency at the reference-fixing level, so that a necessary statement can be true a posteriori only if at least one of the concepts flanking the identity sign refers contingently.
Keywords Chalmers  zombies  materialism
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 30,694
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
The Two-Dimensional Argument Against Materialism.David J. Chalmers - 2009 - In Brian P. McLaughlin & Sven Walter (eds.), Oxford Handbook to the Philosophy of Mind. Oxford University Press.
Conceivability, Possibility, and the Mind-Body Problem.Katalin Balog - 1999 - Philosophical Review 108 (4):497-528.
Zombies Vs Materialists.Robert Kirk - 1974 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 48:135-52.
Turning the Zombie on its Head.Amir Horowitz - 2009 - Synthese 170 (1):191 - 210.
Added to PP index
2012-09-29

Total downloads
57 ( #95,361 of 2,197,231 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #97,085 of 2,197,231 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature