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Natural Acquaintance

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Essays on Acquaintance
EditorsJonathan Knowles, Thomas Raleigh
PublisherOUP
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2018

Abstract

First (§1) I isolate the form of acquaintance that interests me, and next (§2) note some of its key epistemological and metaphysical features. Then (§3) I explore a promising metaphysical framework for naturalising acquaintance, higher-order theories of consciousness, and argue that existing variations within the framework are not up to the job. I go on (§4) to set out my own variant of a higher-order theory, and explain how it successfully approximates acquaintance. Since this model can be implemented physically, it is a way of rendering acquaintance perfectly natural.

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