Some Drafts

Here are some recent paper drafts I have been working on, in various stages of being rewritten for various projects. Comments are most welcome!

  • Zombies and Simulation
    • a brief paper arguing that one way to conceive of philosophical zombies is conceiving of a ‘perfect’ simulation of a creature for whom a consciousness-as-biological view is true. Thus physicalists who think of consciousness as biological can admit that zombies are conceivable (even possible) with no consequence to physicalism.
  • The Identity Theory in 2D
    • a short paper sketching an updated version of the type-type identity theory in a two dimensional framework. The resulting view is similar to Lewisian functionalism but combined with a posteriori identities and gives a unified response to all a priori arguments (part of a larger project of taking back a priori reasoning for the physicalist. It seems to me to be a historical accident that a priori arguments are primarily used to argue against physicalism)
  • The Emperor’s New Phenomenology? The Empirical Case for Conscious Experience without First-Order Representations
    • a longer paper written with Hakwan Lau arguing that some kind of higher-order approach to consciousness can make better sense of some key empirical evidence.
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