CCBS Student Group Talk: Professor Adam Pautz

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Adam Pautz
February 26, 2021
3:45PM - 5:45PM
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"The Significance Argument for the Irreducibility of Consciousness"

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Add to Calendar 2021-02-26 15:45:00 2021-02-26 17:45:00 CCBS Student Group Talk: Professor Adam Pautz "The Significance Argument for the Irreducibility of Consciousness" Abstract: The Significance Argument (SA) for the irreducibility of consciousness is based on a series of new puzzle-cases that I call “multiple candidate cases”. In these cases, there is a multiplicity of physical-functional properties or relations that are candidates to be identified with the sensible qualities and our consciousness of them, where those candidates are not significantly different. I will argue that these cases show that reductive materialists cannot accommodate the various ways in which consciousness is significant. I also will argue that a nonreductive theory of the conscious-of relation can easily provide a very satisfying, unified explanation of the ways in which this relation is significant. Adam Pautz is a Professor of Philosophy at Brown University. "The Significance Argument for the Irreducibility of Consciousness" Department of Philosophy philosophy@osu.edu America/New_York public
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"The Significance Argument for the

Irreducibility of Consciousness"

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The Significance Argument (SA) for the irreducibility of consciousness is based on a series of new puzzle-cases that I call “multiple candidate cases”. In these cases, there is a multiplicity of physical-functional properties or relations that are candidates to be identified with the sensible qualities and our consciousness of them, where those candidates are not significantly different. I will argue that these cases show that reductive materialists cannot accommodate the various ways in which consciousness is significant. I also will argue that a nonreductive theory of the conscious-of relation can easily provide a very satisfying, unified explanation of the ways in which this relation is significant.

Adam Pautz is a Professor of Philosophy at Brown University.