Please define/explain each of the concepts below using any tool you need (the internet, dictionary, etc.).

KeyConcepts:

Please define/explain each of the concepts below using any tool you need (the internet, dictionary, etc.).

  • The “Explanatory Gap:”
  • The “Hard Problem” of Consciousness:
  • Phenomenal Consciousness:

 Words that we don’t know/understand:

Analytic Reading and Study Questions

Author’s Thesis statement/main point:

Nagel, “What Is It Like to Be a Bat?”

  1. According to Nagel, what makes the mind-body problem “intractable?” [402]
  • What does Nagel mean by “the subjective character of experience”? [middle-to-bottom 403]
  • Why can’t the “subjective character of experience” be reduced to something physical? [404]
  • Do you agree that bats have experiences? If so, why? If not, why? [404]
  • Can Batman have the same kind of subjective experiences a bat has?
  • Does Nagel believe in the existence of facts beyond the reach of human concepts? [406]
  • According to Nagel, how does reflection on what it is like to be a bat relate to the mind-body problem? [406-407]