Master of Arts
Date of Defense
Professor Berit Brogaard
I argue that David Chalmers’s Conceivability Argument is just as easily applied to a physical account of consciousness as it is applied to dualism, which implies that the Conceivability Argument yields absurd conclusions. To do so, I give a physical account of phenomenal consciousness within the brain, and then argue that conceiving of zombies is begging the question. I also suggest that because I have a plausible account of phenomenal consciousness based within the physical, such a consciousness is just as conceivable as a zombie would be in the Conceivability Argument. As I have given a conceivable account of physical phenomenal consciousness, one can use the Conceivability Argument for both a dualist and non-dualist account of consciousness.
Owen, Christopher John, "A Physicalist Account of Consciousness and the Conceivability Argument" (2013). Theses. 188.