Ramseyan humility: the response from revelation and panpsychism

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David Lewis argues for Ramseyan humility, the thesis that we can’t identify the fundamental properties that occupy the nomological roles at our world. Lewis, however, remarks that there is a potential exception to this, which involves assuming two views concerning qualia (i) panphenomenalism (contemporary panpsychism): all instantiated fundamental properties are qualia and (ii) the identification thesis (revelation): we can know the identities of our qualia simply by being acquainted with them. This paper aims to provide an exposition, as well as an assessment, of this response to the humility thesis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-96
Number of pages22
JournalCanadian Journal of Philosophy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sept 2016


  • Ramseyan Humility
  • Panpsychism
  • Phenomenal consciousness
  • Qualia
  • Revelation
  • Transcendental idealism


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