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History of the issue Questions about the nature of conscious awareness have likely been asked for as long as there have been humans. Neolithic burial practices appear to express spiritual beliefs and provide early evidence for at least minimally reflective thought about the nature of human consciousness PearsonClark and Riel-Salvatore Preliterate cultures have similarly been found invariably to embrace some form of spiritual or at least animist view that indicates a degree of reflection about the nature of conscious awareness.
Nonetheless, some have argued that consciousness as we know it today is a relatively recent historical development that arose sometime after the Homeric era Jaynes According to this view, earlier humans including those who fought the Trojan War did not experience themselves as unified internal subjects of their thoughts and actions, at least not in New essays on the knowability paradox ways we do today.
Though the ancients had much to say about mental matters, it is less clear whether they had any specific concepts or concerns for what we now think of as consciousness.
The Hamlet who walked the stage in already saw his world and self with profoundly modern eyes. By the beginning of the early modern era in the seventeenth century, consciousness had come full center in thinking about the mind.
Indeed from the midth through the late 19th century, consciousness was widely regarded as essential or definitive of the mental. Later, toward the end of the 17th century, John Locke offered a similar if slightly more qualified claim in An Essay on Human UnderstandingI do not say there is no soul in man because he is not sensible of it in his sleep.
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But I do say he can not think at any time, waking or sleeping, without being sensible of it. Our being sensible of it is not necessary to anything but our thoughts, and to them it is and to them it always will be necessary.
Locke explicitly forswore making any hypothesis about the substantial basis of consciousness and its relation to matter, but he clearly regarded it as essential to thought as well as to personal identity. Leibniz was the first to distinguish explicitly between perception and apperception, i. In the Monadology he also offered his famous analogy of the mill to express his belief that consciousness could not arise from mere matter.
He asked his reader to imagine someone walking through an expanded brain as one would walk through a mill and observing all its mechanical operations, which for Leibniz exhausted its physical nature. Nowhere, he asserts, would such an observer see any conscious thoughts.
Despite Leibniz's recognition of the possibility of unconscious thought, for most of the next two centuries the domains of thought and consciousness were regarded as more or less the same.
Associationist psychology, whether pursued by Locke or later in the eighteenth century by David Hume or in the nineteenth by James Millaimed to discover the principles by which conscious thoughts or ideas interacted or affected each other.
James Mill's son, John Stuart Mill continued his father's work on associationist psychology, but he allowed that combinations of ideas might produce resultants that went beyond their constituent mental parts, thus providing an early model of mental emergence The purely associationist approach was critiqued in the late eighteenth century by Immanuel Kantwho argued that an adequate account of experience and phenomenal consciousness required a far richer structure of mental and intentional organization.
Phenomenal consciousness according to Kant could not be a mere succession of associated ideas, but at a minimum had to be the experience of a conscious self situated in an objective world structured with respect to space, time and causality.
Within the Anglo-American world, associationist approaches continued to be influential in both philosophy and psychology well into the twentieth century, while in the German and European sphere there was a greater interest in the larger structure of experience that lead in part to the study of phenomenology through the work of Edmund Husserl, Martin HeideggerMaurice Merleau-Ponty and others who expanded the study of consciousness into the realm of the social, the bodily and the interpersonal.Fitch’s Paradox of Knowability Michael Dummett; The Paradox of Knowability and the Mapping Objection S tig Rasmussen; Truth, Indefinite Extensibility, and Fitch's Paradox José Bermúdez; III.
New Essays on the Knowability Paradox Edited by Joe Salerno. A collection of essays from some of the best logicians and philosophers of logic in the field. A paradox is a statement that, despite apparently valid reasoning from true premises, leads to an apparently-self-contradictory or logically unacceptable conclusion.
A paradox involves contradictory-yet-interrelated elements that exist simultaneously and persist over time. Some logical paradoxes are known to be invalid arguments but are still valuable in promoting critical thinking.
New Essays on the Knowability Paradox Edited by JOE SALERNO 1. Contents List of Contributors x Acknowledgements xii (Knowability Paradox) ﬁrst two essays. It offers an account of why Fitch included the knowability result in the paper. This collection assembles Church's referee reports, Fitch's paper, and nineteen new papers on the knowability paradox.
the knowability paradox and is frequently run as a reductio of (KP) and anti-realism along with it. New Essays on the Knowability Paradox contains 19 new essays .