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Logos & Episteme

Volume 2, Issue 1, 2011

Richard Fumerton
Pages 33-50

An Ontologically Liberating Skepticism?

In this paper I explore what I take to be the best hope for a physicalist ontolology of mind from within the framework of a radical empiricism about both knowledge and thought. That best hope is related to the view that Chalmers calls panprotopsychism. In short, the argument is that a rather radical skepticism about the external world opens the door to what might strike some as odd ontological possibilities concerning the exemplification of phenomenal properties in the brain. The conclusion will be of small comfort to traditional physicalists and, as we shall see, it is in the end, probably misleading to characterize the view as a version of physicalism at all.