Philosophical Studies

, Volume 122, Issue 2, pp 189–202 | Cite as

Even zombies Can be Surprised: A Reply to Graham And Horgan

  • Diana RaffmanEmail author


In their paper “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary” (2000), George Graham and Terence Horgan argue, contrary to a widespread view, that the so- called Knowledge Argument may after all pose a problem for certain materialist accounts of perceptual experience. I propose a reply to Graham and Horgan on the materialist’s behalf, making use of a distinction between knowing what it’s like to see something F and knowing how F things look.


Perceptual Experience Knowledge Argument Widespread View Materialist Account 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. Churchland, P.M. (1989) ‘Knowing Qualia: A Reply to Jackson’, in ANeurocomputational Perspective: The Nature of Mind and the Structure of Science (pp. 67–76), Cambridge: MIT Press.Google Scholar
  2. Dennett, D.C. 1991Consciousness ExplainedLittle, Brown, CoBostonGoogle Scholar
  3. Graham, G., Horgan, T. 2000‘Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary’Philosophical Studies995987CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Jackson, F. (1982/1990): ‘Epiphenomenal Qualia’, Philosophical Quarterly 32, 127–136. Reprinted in W. Lycan (ed.), Mind and Cognition (pp. 440–446), Malden: Blackwell Publishers.Google Scholar
  5. Jackson, F. 1986‘What Mary Didn’t Know’Journal of Philosophy83291295Google Scholar
  6. Lewis, D. (1990): ‘What Experience Teaches’, in W. Lycan (ed.), Mind and Cognition, Oxford: Blackwell.Google Scholar
  7. Nemirow, L. 1980‘Review of Thomas Nagel, Mortal Questions’Philosophical Review89473477Google Scholar
  8. Raffman, D. 1993Language, Music, and MindMIT Press/Bradford BooksCambridgeGoogle Scholar
  9. Raffman, D. (1995) ‘On the Persistence of Phenomenology’, in T. Metzinger (ed.), Conscious Experience (pp. 293-308), Schoningh Verlag.Google Scholar
  10. Tye, M. 1995Ten Problems of Consciousness: A Representational Theory of the Phenomenal MindMIT Press/Bradford BooksCambridgeGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ohio State UniversityUSA

Personalised recommendations