|Physically Based Subjects and Their Experiences: Against the Six Metaphysical Doctrines|
|Source: Unger - Identity, Consciousness and Value, Chapter 6|
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… (la) Experience is all-or-none.
… (2a) Experience is completely private to a single subject.
… (3a) Experience is absolutely indivisible.
Deriving appeal partly from their connection with these doctrines are three others, concerning the subjects that experience:
… (1b) A subject is all-or-none.
… (2b) A subject is completely separate.
… (3b) A subject is absolutely indivisible.
By confronting them with numerous thought-experiments2, in chapter 6 the appeal of these doctrines is dispelled: Insofar as there is any truth in the displayed sentences, that is owing to conventions of language, or to certain unproblematically natural facts, or to a combination of the two. Briefly, the most positive results of the encounter are these: We subjects ourselves are wholly objective entities, mainly or wholly physical, and our experiences are wholly objective processes, mainly or wholly physical. Moreover, in an important sense, we are conventionally demarcated entities, and our experiences are conventionally demarcated processes.
Footnote 1: Taken from "Unger (Peter) - Precis of 'Identity, Consciousness and Value'".
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