SOPhiA 2022

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programme - Talk

Understanding the essence of a property in several ways: on the plausibility of the "dual-carving thesis" and its importance in philosophy of mind
(Philosophy of Mind, English)

In this presentation, I will address the question of whether we can understand the essence of a property in two or more distinct ways and show the importance of this question in philosophy of mind. At the center of my presentation will be the "dual-carving thesis" (Goff, 2017) which states that it is possible to have two transparent but inferentially isolated concepts of a property, where a transparent concept is a concept that gives its possessor an a priori access to the essence of its referent. After a brief clarification of this thesis and some underlying concepts, I will show that determining the truth of this thesis is crucial for the debate about a posteriori physicalism. Given a certain conception of phenomenal concepts, the truth-value of the dual-caving thesis will be decisive for choosing between physicalism and its negation (e.g. Nida-Rümelin, 2007). Next, I will consider pro- and contra-arguments for this thesis and evaluate them. Finally, I want to raise some points that must be clarified to assess the plausibility of this thesis. I thus hope to indicate some of the philosophical work that remains to be done in order to make progress with the question of the metaphysical status of consciousness.

Chair: Martin Niederl
Time: 14:40-15:10, 07 September 2022 (Wednesday)
Location: HS E.002
Remark: CHANGE. The talk is cancelled!

Elisa Bezencon 
(University of Fribourg, Switzerland, Switzerland)



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