Illusionism: there is no consciousness, you imagined it

28 April, 2022

Consciousness does not exist. It is an illusion. This is the credo of the supporters of one of the most radical materialistic positions regarding the mind-body problem — illusionism. But then where does the illusion of consciousness come from? (difficult episode!

Guest — Associate Professor, researcher at the Center for Consciousness Studies at the Faculty of Philosophy of Moscow State University, PhD, Artem Besedin.
Moderator — Anton Kuznetsov


00:00 — Introduction
00:49 — What is illusionism in relation to consciousness?
03:45 — Physicalism, qualia and panic metaphysics
08:39 — Why realism in relation to phenomenal consciousness is a panicky metaphysics?
14:35 — How consciousness does not exist 
22:12 — Criticism of knowledge about consciousness
27:47 — Possible and impossible qualia
32:57 — Methodological illusionism
36:11 — How can consciousness be an illusion? 
39:50 — The illusionist should deny only the special nature of consciousness
44:38 — The argument of exposure, UFOs and consciousness
45:36 — Where does the illusion of consciousness come from, where do phenomenal concepts come from?
51:58 — Competition!
54:30 — Summary from Mary

Lecture course "The illusionist View of Consciousness" by Keith Frankish

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