"The Modal Arguments and the Complexity of Consciousness."

This paper explores consequences of the claim that phenomenal experiences are physical events of great descriptive complexity. This claim is attractive both because it can explain our most perplexing intuitions about consciousness and also because it is suggestive of very productive empirical and philosophical research opportunities. I illustrate the former by showing that two of the most compelling anti-physicalist arguments about phenomenal experience -- the modal argument of Kripke, and the two-dimensionalist argument of Chalmers -- are not sound if this claim is true. I illustrate the latter by showing that significant empirical predictions are a consequence of this claim.

Ratio, Online first: doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9329.2012.00525.x