Possible Objections

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Possible Objections? 1. One possible objection is as follows. How can a person understand a term that refers (in a rigid way) to an emergent property if he has not himself at some time experienced the property in question? This is just the blind man point: a person cannot understand the expression "sensation of redness" (in the appropriate sense) unless he has enjoyed such a sensation. So one can't first establish that a person understands the relevant expressions - construed phenomenalistically - and then go on to determine whether they apply, or at least have applied at some time, to him. This point doesn't seem crucial, however. For the conclusion that one must simultaneously establish both that a person understands a given sensation-expression and that he has had a sensation of that sort does not undermine the argument. At most, it would seem, it merely makes it necessary to restate it slightly. 2. Another possible objection is this: "How does one know that the person is really interpreting
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PHI PHI2010 taught by Professor Jorgerigol during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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