[Serious Phil] [analytic] Re: The Causal Closure of the Physical
john.j.santos at hotmail.co.uk
Fri Mar 2 06:22:57 CST 2012
"SWM" <Philscimind at ...> wrote:
> Dennett asks if it's coherent to imagine such a creature that is conscious in everyway but the purely subjective way? I think Wittgenstein's point is telling here, i.e., that when we speak of the aspects of our mental lives we speak about the public criteria primarily because language belongs in the public venue. I don't take this to be a denial of a mental life but merely to point out that we don't need to see inside the famous box to know there's a beetle there. It's probably more like the Mexican jumping beans phenomenon. When the beans jump, we know.
The fact that language belongs in the public venue is not a denial of the idea that other people are conscious, but neither is it an affirmation. We can't know whether or not others are conscious, and we don't need to know whether or not they are conscious, but we can't help believing that they are and it makes no sense to doubt that belief.
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