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Ignorance and Imagination: The Epistemic Origin of the Problem of Consciousness

Daniel Stoljar


This book advances a novel way to resolve the central philosophical problem about the mind: how it is that consciousness or experience fits into a larger naturalistic picture of the world. The correct response to the problem, it is argued, is not to posit a realm of experience distinct from the physical, nor to deny the reality of phenomenal experience, nor even to rethink our understanding of consciousness and the language we use to talk about it. Instead, we should view the problem itself as having its origin in our ignorance of the relevant physical facts. This change of orientation is show ... More

Keywords: ignorance, imagination, consciousness, experience, conceivability, naturalism, physicalism, phenomenal experience, philosophy of mind

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195306583
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195306589.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Stoljar, author
The Australian National University