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Ignoramus et ignorabimus”? Does contemporary antiphysicalism have a positive program?

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  • Diana Gasparyan

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    (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Philosophy Department (Ontology, Logic and Epistemology))

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    This article attempts to find out whether the contemporary antiphysicalism has a positive program. Using the approaches of such contemporary analytical philosophers as Colin McGinn, Joseph Levine, Noam Chomsky, Thomas Nagel, and David Chalmers, the author evaluates the ratio of negative and positive components in modern antiphysicalistic approaches, and determines the role of skepticism in their theories. To what extent can antiphysicalism withstand physicalism, and is physicalism in spite of its faults in a better position, since it offers, admittedly imperfect answers, while antiphysicalism does not offer anything other than criticism of the existing theories?

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    Paper provided by National Research University Higher School of Economics in its series HSE Working papers with number WP BRP 38/HUM/2013.

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    Length: 12 pages
    Date of creation: 2013
    Publication status: Published in WP BRP Series: Humanities / HUM, November 2013, pages 1-12
    Handle: RePEc:hig:wpaper:38hum2013
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