Space, mind, and discursive knowledge

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Two major philosophical debates are explored - one concerning the reality of space, and one concerning the physicality of qualia. What binds these explorations together is a set of observations Kant made concerning incongruent counterparts. Chapter 1 presents a novel reformulation of Kant's attempt to refute the relational theory of space using these observations. I argue that standard relationist replies fail to engage his 'handless body' thought-experiment, by treating the body as enantiomorphic rather than homomorphic. I then present novel relational replies to Kant's argument as properly understood. In Chapter 2 presents a novel refutation of Frank Jackson's Knowledge Argument (KA). I consider the advances made by John Perry and Torin Alter in identifying the 'discursive learnability' assumption central to KA. I show that this 'discursive learnability' criterion for physical facts must be rejected because straightforwardly physical facts about 'parity-violating' phenomena are not discursively learnable, and I substantiate this claim using Kant's observations about incongruent counterparts. Chapter 3 presents a critique of some popular strategies for rejecting KA, including those of David Lewis, Brian Loar, and Daniel Stoljar. I also propose a distinction between two ways that words fail to communicate concepts and knowledge, and suggest that this clarifies the debate concerning KA.


Type of resource text
Form electronic; electronic resource; remote
Extent 1 online resource.
Publication date 2014
Issuance monographic
Language English


Associated with Shanbhag, Praveen Ramesh
Associated with Stanford University, Department of Philosophy.
Primary advisor Friedman, Michael
Thesis advisor Friedman, Michael
Thesis advisor Lawlor, Krista
Thesis advisor Perry, John
Thesis advisor Ryckman, Thomas
Advisor Lawlor, Krista
Advisor Perry, John
Advisor Ryckman, Thomas


Genre Theses

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Statement of responsibility Praveen Ramesh Shanbhag.
Note Submitted to the Department of Philosophy.
Thesis Thesis (Ph.D.)--Stanford University, 2014.
Location electronic resource

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© 2014 by Praveen Ramesh Shanbhag

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