Seminar Series in Analytic Philosophy 2021-22, Session 12

Awareness of Universals
Alex Grzankowski (Birkbeck, University of London)

26 November 2021, 16:00 (Lisbon Time – GMT) | Sala Mattos Romão (Departamento de Filosofia)

Abstract: A number of intentionalists (many of whom are also physicalists) about consciousness hold that when one hallucinates, one is aware of an uninstantiated universal. According to some commentators, this is an odd view, if not an absurd one. In this talk, I’ll spell out how intentionalists ought to think about this claim and explain the ways in which it is in keeping with a story about other intentional states (such as propositional desire) that relate their subjects to abstracta. A kind of confusion, I speculate, has been driven by failing to attend to a familiar ambiguity found in intensional transitive verb constructions.


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