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Moral Sciences Club - 19th January 2016

Richard Heck (Brown)

Against Frontloading

 

Abstract

Maybe the most important argument in David Chalmers's monumental book Constructing the World is the one he calls the `Frontloading Argument'. It is one of two arguments used in Chapter 4 to argue for the central thesis of the book, A Priori Scrutability. And, at first blush, the Frontloading Argument looks very strong. I shall be arguing here, however, that it is incapable of securing the conclusion it is meant to establish. The argument requires subsidiary premises that are not only sufficient by themselves to establish A Priori Scrutability but are arguably far stronger.