Why isn’t there more progress in philosophy?

Now that I’m done expressing my skepticism of Chalmers’ claims about progress in philosophy of mind, I want to look at the explanations he gives for why there hasn’t been more progress in philosophy. [Read more…]

Chalmers on philosophical progress, part 1.5: behaviorism

In part 1, I talked about Chalmers’ proposed kinds of philosophical progress, and expressed some skepticism about them. I was going to make the next post about the explanations Chalmers considers for why there hasn’t been more progress, but first, [Read more…]

Chalmers on philosophical progress, part 1

In the comments on my post where I summarized the problems I see with philosophy, Alexander Johannesen very helpfully linked to a paper by David Chalmers on progress in philosophy. I hadn’t seen this paper before, so let’s have a look at it. [Read more…]

Would you bet your life on your philosophy of mind?: Some thoughts on uploading

The overall reaction to this thread was not quite what I was hoping for, but I’m going to press ahead with some thoughts on consciousness anyway. Specifically, I want to talk about how the problem of consciousness relates to the issue of uploading. [Read more…]

A bit of philosophy of mind: do these quotes on consciousness make sense to you?

Whenever I open a thread for people to tell me what to write about, it seems someone always brings up consciousness. In fact, that was the very first comment on yesterday’s open thread. [Read more…]