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Consciousness RevisitedMaterialism without Phenomenal Concepts$
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Michael Tye

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012737

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012737.001.0001

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Solving the Puzzles

Solving the Puzzles

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(p.123) 6 Solving the Puzzles
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Consciousness Revisited
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Michael Tye

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012737.003.0007

This chapter’s discussion puts to task the views developed in previous chapters in an attempt to solve four famous philosophical puzzles: the Puzzle of Mary, the Explanatory Gap, the Hard Problem of Consciousness, and the Possibility of Zombies. How is it possible for Mary, in the famous thought experiment, to make a discovery when she leaves her black-and-white room? In what form does the explanatory gap consist and how can it be bridged? How can the hard problem of consciousness be solved? How are zombies possible? These are all questions that are addressed in this chapter.

Keywords:   philosophical puzzles, Puzzle of Mary, Explanatory Gap, Hard Problem of Consciousness, Possibility of Zombies, thought experiment

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