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God and Phenomenal Consciousness: A Novel Approach to Knowledge Arguments Hardcover – Bargain Price, February 18, 2008
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The knowledge arguments in the philosophy of mind are the arguments of Nagel and Jackson. Very roughly, these arguments purport to show that we could know everything there is to know about the material brain without knowing everything about the subject's psychological states (particularly what it is like to be in conscious states), and conclude that there is more to such states than the material states of the brain.
The knowledge arguments in the philosophy of religion include an argument from Grim and various arguments about concept possession. Very roughly, these arguments purport to show that God could not know various facts because of his attributes (for example, his omnipotence precludes his knowing what fear is like). The arguments conclude that God could not be omniscient, and so could not exist.
Nagasawa first explains what makes an argument a knowledge argument, and why these arguments are knowledge arguments. He then presents the knowledge arguments in philosophy of religion and philosophy of mind and evaluates them by comparing and contrasting them. Finally, he argues that his criticisms support a novel theory, non-theoretical physicalism.
This book makes original and important contributions to philosophy of mind and philosophy of religion, and integrates work in these fields in insightful ways.Read more ›