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Turning hard problems on their heads

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Much of the difficulty in assessing theories of consciousness stems from their advocates not supplying adequate or convincing characterisations of the phenomenon (or data) they

    hope to explain. Yet, to make any reasonable assessment this is precisely what is required, for it

    is not as if our ‘pre-theoretical’ intuitions are philosophically innocent. In what follows, I will

    attempt to reveal, using a recent debate between Chalmers and Dennett as a foil, why, in approaching this topic, we cannot characterise the data purely first-personally or third-personally

    nor, concomitantly, can we start such investigations using either first-personal or third-personal

    methods.

Publication Date


  • 2006

Citation


  • Hutto, D. D. (2006). Turning hard problems on their heads. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 5 (1), 75-88.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-33745635869

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/707

Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 75

End Page


  • 88

Volume


  • 5

Issue


  • 1

Abstract


  • Much of the difficulty in assessing theories of consciousness stems from their advocates not supplying adequate or convincing characterisations of the phenomenon (or data) they

    hope to explain. Yet, to make any reasonable assessment this is precisely what is required, for it

    is not as if our ‘pre-theoretical’ intuitions are philosophically innocent. In what follows, I will

    attempt to reveal, using a recent debate between Chalmers and Dennett as a foil, why, in approaching this topic, we cannot characterise the data purely first-personally or third-personally

    nor, concomitantly, can we start such investigations using either first-personal or third-personal

    methods.

Publication Date


  • 2006

Citation


  • Hutto, D. D. (2006). Turning hard problems on their heads. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 5 (1), 75-88.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-33745635869

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/707

Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 75

End Page


  • 88

Volume


  • 5

Issue


  • 1