Title
Imagining, recognizing and discriminating : reconsidering the ability hypothesis Imagining, recognizing and discriminating : reconsidering the ability hypothesis
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
Publication type
article
Publication
Providence, R.I. ,
Subject
Philosophy
Source (journal)
Philosophy and phenomenological research. - Providence, R.I.
Volume/pages
79(2009) :3 , p. 699-717
ISSN
0031-8205
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
According to the Ability Hypothesis, knowing what it is like to have experience E is just having the ability to imagine or recognize or remember having experience E. I examine various versions of the Ability Hypothesis and point out that they all face serious objections. Then I propose a new version that is not vulnerable to these objections: knowing what it is like to experience E is having the ability to discriminate imagining or having experience E from imagining or having any other experience. I argue that if we replace the ability to imagine or recognize with the ability to discriminate, the Ability Hypothesis can be salvaged.
E-info
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/iruaauth/685b52/3028ddb6307.pdf