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Title

Conceiving What Is Not There

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2001

Journal

Journal of Consciousness Studies

Volume

8

First Page

21

Last Page

42

Abstract

In this paper I argue that certain so-called conceivability arguments fail to show that a currently popular version of physicalism in the philosophy of mind is false. Concentrating on an argument due to David Chalmers, I first argue that Chalmers misrepresents the relation between conceivability and possibility. I then argue that the intuition behind the conceivability of so-called zombie worlds can be accounted for without having to suppose that such worlds are genuinely conceivable. I conclude with some general remarks about the nature of conceivability.

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