Thomas Nagel : A Summary And Critical Assessment

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Thomas Nagel: What Is It Like To Be a Bat?: A Summary and Critical Assessment Author: Daniella Soleimani Turnitin ID: 483308362 PHL 611 Philosophy of Mind Section 1 David Checkland Final Essay Friday, November 28th 2014 Common mistake that is often made is presuming the works of something or someone else’s consciousness. In fact, it is impossible to understand someone or something else’s consciousness without being them. In What Is It Like to Be a Bat, Thomas Nagel draws his argument through his representation of the consciousness of a bat, and how any one or anything else is to interpret it. After considering other rodents such as a bird or a rat, he decided that the bat was his primary choice of example because it was the closest mammal to humans while possessing “sensory apparatus” so distinct from humans (Nagel, 220). Nagel established this example to determine the impossibility of knowing what the bat undergoes as a bat because anything that is not a bat simply cannot understand what the bat does, or why it does what it does. Nagel did not drive his answer to be the explanation of understanding the conscious of a human, animal or artificial intelligence, as he finds it impossible. He did however determine the bearing of consciousness among these subjects, but came to the conclusion that it is impossible to know everything about something or someone else that feels and experiences things (Nagel, 220). “Facts about what it is like to be an X are

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