Speaker: Mark Johnston (Princeton University)

Abstract: The real push toward dualism that arises from the examination of visual consciousness does not arise from the existence of visual qualia. For there is no good sense in which such qualia are mental; talk of mental qualia is a kind of category mistake, albeit widespread in discussions of consciousness. The real push towards dualism has to do with the relation we bear to such qualia; specifically that visual awareness of them can provide us with novel depictive knowledge, i.e., a kind of know how which seems grounded in some degree of experiential revelation of the nature of these qualities. It is the relation of revelation which is not reducible to basic physical relations by way of physicalistically acceptable modes of combination.

Thursday, October 6, 12:30 p.m.
Institute for Advanced Study, 1 Einstein Drive, West Building Seminar Room, 2nd floor
Host by the Program in Interdisciplinary Studies