Philosophical Studies:1-23 (forthcoming)

François Kammerer
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Illusionism is the thesis that phenomenal consciousness does not exist, but merely seems to exist. Many opponents to the thesis take it to be obviously false. They think that they can reject illusionism, even if they conceded that it is coherent and supported by strong arguments. David Chalmers has articulated this reaction to illusionism in terms of a “Moorean” argument against illusionism. This argument contends that illusionism is false, because it is obviously true that we have phenomenal experiences. I argue that this argument fails by showing that its defenders cannot maintain that its crucial premise has the kind of support needed for the argument to work, without begging the question against illusionism.
Keywords consciousness  illusionism  certainty  eliminativism  Moore  phenomenal consciousness  epistemology of consciousness  introspection
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-022-01804-7
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