[SydPhil] Notification: Lok-Chi Chan @ Thu 11 May 2017 15:00 - 16:30 (Current Projects)

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Title: Lok-Chi Chan
Can the Russellian monist escape the epiphenomenalist’s paradox?

Lok-Chi Chan

University of Sydney

Abstract: Russellian monism – an influential doctrine proposed by Russell  
(1927) – is roughly the view that physics can only ever tell us about the  
causal, dispositional, and spatiotemporal properties of physical entities  
and not their categorical (or intrinsic) properties, whereas our qualia are  
constituted by those categorical properties. In this paper, I will discuss  
the relation between Russellian monism and a seminal paradox facing  
epiphenomenalism, the paradox of phenomenal judgment. The paradox is  
(roughly) as follows: if epiphenomenalism is true – qualia are causally  
inefficacious – then any belief or memory about qualia, including  
epiphenomenalism itself, cannot be caused by qualia. For many writers,  
including Hawthrone (2001), Smart (2004), and Braddon-Mitchell and Jackson  
(2007), Russellian monism faces the same paradox as epiphenomenalism does.  
I will assess Chalmers (1996) and Seager’s (2009) defences of Russellian  
monism against the paradox, and will put forward a novel argument against  
those defences.
When: Thu 11 May 2017 15:00 – 16:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Calendar: Current Projects
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