Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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David Chalmers
I 101
Asymmetry/epistemic asymmetry/Chalmers: if we had all the physical facts about the world, the existence of consciousness would not follow from them.
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I 102
The fact that there is consciousness at all comes first-hand from my experience in the first person, not from any external observation.
All that could be inferred from the known physical and biological facts is that there are people who claim to have a consciousness.
Eliminativism/Chalmers: is an irrational position for us only because of our own personal experience.
Epistemic asymmetry/Chalmers: is that we have insights about our consciousness only from our own consciousness. This asymmetry does not apply to other economies, other lives, etc. Reason: these are supervening logically on the physical.
Consciousness: If it were logically supervenient on the physical, the epistemic asymmetry would not exist.


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Cha I
D.Chalmers
The Conscious Mind Oxford New York 1996

Cha II
D. Chalmers
Constructing the World Oxford 2014


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