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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: September 2019

7 - Concept Mastery, Social Externalism, and Mary’s New Knowledge


Many agree that Frank Jackson’s Mary learns something when she leaves the black-and-white room and finally experiences color firsthand. There is less agreement about what her epistemic progress consists in. According to the new-concepts thesis, it consists at least partly in her acquiring phenomenal-color concepts, that is, concepts associated with knowing what it is like to see in color.

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