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Dualism and Secondary Quality Eliminativism: Putting a New Spin on the Knowledge Argument

Emmett L. Holman
Philosophical Studies: An International Journal for Philosophy in the Analytic Tradition
Vol. 128, No. 2 (Mar., 2006), pp. 229-256
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4321722
Page Count: 28
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Dualism and Secondary Quality Eliminativism: Putting a New Spin on the Knowledge Argument
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Abstract

Frank Jackson formulated his knowledge argument as an argument for dualism. In this paper I show how the argument can be modified to also establish the irreducibility of the secondary qualities to the properties of physical theory, and ultimately "secondary quality eliminativism"-the view that the secondary qualities are physically uninstantiated. In addition to being of interest in its own right, this new argument provides a perspective to better see that certain popular would-be refutations of the knowledge argument do not work (against either version). But it also introduces some complications that will force us to take an unexpected detour through the pros and cons of naturalizing intentionality before (tentatively) embracing Jackson's dualist conclusion.

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