MATERIALISM AND QUALIA: THE EXPLANATORY GAP

@article{Levine1983MATERIALISMAQ,
  title={MATERIALISM AND QUALIA: THE EXPLANATORY GAP},
  author={Joseph Levine},
  journal={Pacific Philosophical Quarterly},
  year={1983},
  volume={64},
  pages={354-361}
}
  • J. Levine
  • Published 1 October 1983
  • Philosophy
  • Pacific Philosophical Quarterly
J n “Naming and Necessity”1 and “Identity and Necessity,”2 Kripke presents a version of the Cartesian argument against mate­ rialism. His argument involves two central claims: first, that all identity state­ ments using rigid designators on both sides of the identity sign are, if true at all, true in all possible worlds where the terms refer; second, that psycho-physical identity statements are conceivably false, and therefore, by the first claim, actually false. My purpose in this paper is to… 

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References

3My argument in this paper is influenced by Thomas Nagel's in his paper "What Is It Like To Be a Bat?

  • reprinted in Naming, Necessity, and Natural Kinds
  • 1972