The irrelevance of folk intuitions to the "hard problem" of consciousness

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Abstract

Recently, a number of philosophers have turned to folk intuitions about mental states for data about qualia and phenomenal consciousness. In this paper I argue that current research along these lines does not tell us about these subjects. I focus on a series of studies, performed by Justin Sytsma and Edouard Machery, to make my argument. Folk judgments studied by these researchers are mostly likely generated by a certain cognitive system - System One - that will generate the same data whether or not we experience phenomenal consciousness. This is a problem for a range of current experimental philosophy research into consciousness or our concept of it. If experimental philosophy is to shed light into phenomenal consciousness, it needs to be better founded in an understanding of how we make judgments. © 2010 Elsevier Inc.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Consciousness
  • Dual processing
  • Experimental philosophy
  • Qualia

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  • Brian Talbot

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