“The Epistemic Argument Against Illusionism about the Self and Consciousness” by Anand Jayprakash Vaidya (San Jose State University)
I present an epistemic argument against a variety of illusionist theses about the nature of the self and consciousness. Illusionism about x is the view that while the experience of x is real, xs are not real. For example, the experience of red is real, but redness isn’t real. Likewise illusionists about the self and consciousness argue that the experience of the self and consciousness is real, but the self and consciousness (under some definition of them) are not real. Rather, they are presentations of something as being other than it is. Neural-Bi-Directional Illusionism is the thesis that both the self and consciousness are illusions produced by the brain. I offer an epistemic argument against this contemporary position.
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