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Feeling pain for the very first time: the normative knowledge argument

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In this paper I present a new argument against internalist theories of practical reason. My argument is inspired by Frank Jackson's celebrated Knowledge Argument. I ask what will happen when an agent experiences pain for the first time. Such an agent, I argue, will gain new normative knowledge that internalism cannot explain. This argument present a similar difficulty for other subjectivist and constructivist theories of practical reason and value. I end by suggesting that some debates in met...

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University of Oxford
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Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell Publisher's website
Journal:
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research Journal website
Volume:
80
Issue:
1
Pages:
20-49
Publication date:
2010-01-01
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1933-1592
ISSN:
0031-8205
Language:
English
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Deposit date:
2010-11-17

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