"The Possibility of Materialism"

Is a materialist account of conscious experience even possible? David Chalmers famously answered ‘No’, setting out an argument based upon a distinction between the ‘easy’ problems of explaining our mental processes and the ‘hard problem’ of accounting for experience itself.

I've been working on a critique of that argument for a number of years. It has altered rather dramatically along the way, but I’m glad to say that it has now reached its final version. It’s a longish paper, so I’ve also put together a short précis and a slide presentation.

Possibility-of-Materialism.pdfPoM-Precis.pdfPoM-slides.pdf

Comments welcome: you can contact me at mike@holli.co.uk. My home page can be found here.



Mike Holliday : June 2016