Katalin Balog

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Consciousness has resisted attempts to fathom its ultimate nature. My direct aim in this paper is to rebut anti-physicalist arguments; but I also want to raise the possibility that understanding consciousness might be beyond our reach – and not for a lack of trying or ingenuity. A number of anti-physicalist arguments have been proposed during the last two(More)
  • K Balog
  • 2000
David Rosenthal's higher order thought theory of consciousness (HOT) is one of the best articulated philosophical accounts of consciousness available. The theory is, roughly, that a mental state is conscious in virtue of there being another mental state, namely, a thought to the effect that one is in the first state. The second mental state is ''higher(More)
Frank Jackson's new book From Metaphysics to Ethics is impressive for the grand and coherent vision it offers of the connection between metaphysics and conceptual analysis. The structure of the proposal is both clear and simple. Here are the main outlines: a) One of the main tasks of metaphysics is to propose a kind of fact (or vocabulary) as fundamental(More)
During the last two decades there has been a resurgence of arguments against physicalism and for varieties of metaphysical dualism. The conclusion of these arguments is that phenomenal consciousness is absent from a world that is purely physical. Many contemporary philosophers of mind have found some of these arguments to be persuasive and have opted for(More)
Proponents of non-conceptual content have recruited it for various philosophical jobs. Some epistemologists have suggested that it may play the role of " the given " that Sellars is supposed to have exorcised from philosophy. Some philosophers of mind (e.g., Dretske) have suggested that it plays an important role in the project of naturalizing semantics as(More)