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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHIL 100
Professor
Peter Graham
Semester
Spring

Description
PHIL 100 Philosophy of Mind In “What Mary Didn’t Know” Frank Jackson takes a more forceful stance against physicalism. Jackson presents an argument for the conclusion that physicalism is false. His argument has come to be known as “The Knowledge Argument.” Jackson’s Knowledge Argument 1. If physicalism is true, then there are no facts about the world that Mary doesn’t know when she is in the black-and-white room. 2. It is not the case that there are no facts about the world that Mary doesn’t know when she is in the black-and-white room. 3.Therefore, it is not the case that physicalism is true Justification for premise 1:  In the black-and-white room Mary has learned all of the physical facts about the world.  But according to physicalism the only facts about the world that there are are physical facts.  So if physicalism is true, Mary knows all of the facts about the world that there are. Justification for premise 2:  When Mary leaves the black-and-white room she learns som
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