Naturalism and the misrepresentation of consciousness

The following is an essay I wrote for the course Problem of Consciousness at Umeå University, fall 2020. Introduction In contemporary philosophy of mind, naturalism and functionalism are the dominant approaches and have been for the last fifty years or so. Naturalism is is often seen as the default position for which no argument is needed (Zahavi, 2010). For example, David Armstrong supports his Läs vidare

Materialism reveals itself as a form of idealism

The natural sciences have enjoyed an immense progress and there is no reason to doubt their accomplishments, but eventually one has to engage with the fundamental epistemological questions, and when doing so, Lange argued, one will come to the realization that the realism of the materialists is mistaken. The physiological investigation of our sense organs might seem to offer a thoroughly Läs vidare