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Nagel Notes

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Nagel Notes 2010

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Concise notes regarding Nagel's paper "What is it like to be bat?"
Intro to Philosophy
Christopher Foster
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Date Created: 09/21/16
Nagel “What is it like to be a Bat?”  (1) For the physicalist/materialist to be correct she must explain all apparently nonphysical entities in physical curves  (2) The physicalist/materialist has left out at least one kind of nonphysical entity conscious experience  (3) Therefore the physicalist/material has yet to show that they are correct o Position: mind and body are the same thing  All is physical: light waves, particles, electricity  Small or large  Reject: o Faith would not exist if this argument was valid  No reasoning for major questions:  Where do we go?  Religion would be wrong  Afterlife is not real o You cannot be a bat  You would relate things to human experiences  Don’t have real bat experiences because you did not grow up as a bat o Don’t really know what it is like  There is more to do: o The conclusion is faulty o Can consciousness go into physical terms?  No way to prove at this point  Outside the realm of physical  Quote: pg. 4 o “This bears directly on the mind-body problem. For if the facts of experience—facts about what it is like for the experiencing organism—are accessible only from one point of view, then it is a mystery how the true character of experiences could be revealed in the physical operation of that organism.”


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