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The Epistemic Role of Consciousness By Declan Smithies (Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy, Ohio State University)

The Epistemic Role of Consciousness
by Declan Smithies (Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy, Ohio State University)

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In this volume, Declan Smithies argues that consciousness has unique epistemic significance in the sense that only conscious creatures have epistemic justification to know anything about the world. In other words, all epistemic justification depends ultimately on consciousness.
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The Epistemic Role of Consciousness by Declan Smithies (Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy, Ohio State University)

What is the role of consciousness in our mental lives? Declan Smithies argues here that consciousness is essential to explaining how we can acquire knowledge and justified belief about ourselves and the world around us. On this view, unconscious beings cannot form justified beliefs and so they cannot know anything at all. Consciousness is the ultimate basis of all knowledge and epistemic justification. Smithies builds a sustained argument for the epistemic role of phenomenal consciousness which draws on a range of considerations in epistemology and the philosophy of mind. His position combines two key claims. The first is phenomenal mentalism, which says that epistemic justification is determined by the phenomenally individuated facts about your mental states. The second is accessibilism, which says that epistemic justification is luminously accessible in the sense that you're always in a position to know which beliefs you have epistemic justification to hold. Smithies integrates these two claims into a unified theory of epistemic justification, which he calls phenomenal accessibilism. The book is divided into two parts, which converge on this theory of epistemic justification from opposite directions. Part 1 argues from the bottom up by drawing on considerations in the philosophy of mind about the role of consciousness in mental representation, perception, cognition, and introspection. Part 2 argues from the top down by arguing from general principles in epistemology about the nature of epistemic justification. These mutually reinforcing arguments form the basis for a unified theory of the epistemic role of phenomenal consciousness, one that bridges the gap between epistemology and philosophy of mind.

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About Declan Smithies (Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy, Ohio State University)


Declan Smithies is Professor of Philosophy at the Ohio State University. He works primarily on issues at the intersection between epistemology and the philosophy of mind. He is co-editor of Introspection and Consciousness (OUP, 2012) and Attention: Philosophical and Psychological Essays (OUP 2011).

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments PART I: PHILOSOPHY OF MIND 1: Consciousness 1.1.: What Is Consciousness? 1.2.: The Signifcance of Consciousness 1.3.: The Hard Problem of Consciousness 1.4.: Putting Consciousness First 1.5.: An Overview of Tis Book 1.6.: Chapter Summaries 2.: Representation 2.1.: Representationalism 2.2.: Unconscious Mental Representation 2.3.: Grounding Representation in Consciousness 2.4.: Grounding Tought in Consciousness 2.5. Grounding Epistemic Justifcation in Consciousness: 3.: Perception 3.1.: Blindsight 3.2.: Concepts of Consciousness 3.3.: Presentational Force 3.4.: Skeptical Scenarios 3.5.: Duplication Scenarios 3.6.: Conclusions 4.: Cognition 4.1.: The Epistemic Role of Belief 4.2.: Beliefs and Subdoxastic States 4.3.: Inferential Integration 4.4.: Conscious Accessibility 4.5.: Cognitive Experience 4.6.: Conclusions 5.: Introspection 5.1.: The Simple Teory of Introspection 5.2.: The Reliability Challenge 5.3.: Rationality and Self-Knowledge 5.4.: The Scope Question 5.5.: The Role of Conscious Judgment 5.6.: Conclusions 6.: Mentalism 6.1.: Evidentialism 6.2.: Mentalism 6.3.: Phenomenal Mentalism 6.4.: The Phenomenal Conception of Evidence 6.5.: The Explanatory Challenge PART II: EPISTEMOLOGY 7.: Accessibilism 7.1.: What Is Accessibilism? 7.2.: Explaining Accessibilism 7.3.: Clairvoyance and Super-Blindsight 7.4.: The New Evil Demon Problem 7.5.: Answering the Explanatory Challenge 8.: Refection 8.1.: Justifcation and Refection 8.2.: An Argument from Refection 8.3.: The Overintellectualization Problem 8.4.: The Regress Problem 8.5.: The Empirical Problem 8.6.: The Value Problem 8.7.: Conclusions 9.: Epistemic Akrasia 9.1.: What Is Epistemic Akrasia? 9.2.: An Argument from Epistemic Akrasia 9.3.: Mooreas Paradox 9.4.: Knowledge as the Aim of Belief 9.5.: Justifcation and Refection 10.: Higher-Order Evidence 10.1.: A Puzzle about Epistemic Akrasia 10.2.: Solving the Puzzle 10.3.: The Certainty Argument 10.4.: Ideally Rational Agents 10.5.: Rational Dilemmas 10.6.: Epistemic Idealization 11.: Luminosity 11.1.: Luminosity Defned 11.2.: The Problem of the Speckled Hen 11.3.: The Anti-Luminosity Argument 11.4.: Epistemic Iteration Principles 11.5.: The Puzzle of the Unmarked Clock 11.6.: Whatas at Stake? 12.: Seemings 12.1.: Phenomenal Conservatism 12.2.: What Are Seemings? 12.3.: Problems about Evidence 12.4.: Problems about Evidential Support 12.5.: Phenomenal Accessibilism 12.6.: Conclusions References Index

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The Epistemic Role of Consciousness by Declan Smithies (Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy, Ohio State University)
Declan Smithies (Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy, Ohio State University)
Philosophy of Mind Series
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Oxford University Press Inc
2019-09-16
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0199917663
9780199917662
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