Generating explanatory gaps

Brian Fiala, Shaun Nichols

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Abstract

We develop a partial solution to the meta-problem of consciousness that builds on our previous psychological account of an apparent explanatory gap. Drawing from empirical work on explanatory cognition and conceptual development, we sketch a profile of cognitive systems for which primitive concepts facilitate explanatory gaps. This account predicts that there will be multiple explanatory gaps. We suggest that this is borne out by the existence of primitivist theories in multiple philosophical domains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-82
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Consciousness Studies
Volume26
Issue number9-10
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Artificial Intelligence

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Generating explanatory gaps. / Fiala, Brian; Nichols, Shaun.

In: Journal of Consciousness Studies, Vol. 26, No. 9-10, 01.01.2019, p. 71-82.

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Fiala, B & Nichols, S 2019, 'Generating explanatory gaps', Journal of Consciousness Studies, vol. 26, no. 9-10, pp. 71-82.
Fiala, Brian ; Nichols, Shaun. / Generating explanatory gaps. In: Journal of Consciousness Studies. 2019 ; Vol. 26, No. 9-10. pp. 71-82.
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