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On the self-locating response to the knowledge argument



Philos Stud (2011) 155:437–443 DOI 10.1007/s11098-010-9612-2 Daniel Stoljar Published online: 3 September 2010 Ó Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010 1. Boiled down to essentials, the knowledge argument against materialism (KA) is this: Knowledge Argument (simple version): K1. It is possible for someone to know all the physical facts and not know some phenomenal facts (e.g. the fact one knows when one knows what it is like to see green.) KC. Materialism is false In this argument, the premise is supported by thought experiments with which I will presume familiarity—Jackson’s Mary is the most famous (see Jackson 1982)— and the conclusion seems to follow if materialism is the thesis that every fact is a physical fact.1 An argument that is analogous to KA is this: Analogous Argument: A1. It is possible for someone to know all the physical facts and not know some self-locating facts (e.g. the fact one knows when one knows who or where one is.) AC. Materialism is false. In this argument, the premise is supported by two things: (a) thought experiments with which I will also presume familiarity—Perry’s Stanford amnesiac is probably the most famous (see Perry 1977)—and (b) the idea that physical facts are



Philosophical StudiesSpringer Journals

Published: Sep 1, 2011

DOI: 10.1007/s11098-010-9612-2

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