From Agentive Phenomenology to Cognitive Phenomenology: A Guide for the Perplexed

Terry Horgan

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The aim of this paper is to set forth some considerations that will bolster the case for cognitive phenomenology. The approach will be informed by two guiding ideas. First, a promising dialectical path leading to acknowledgement of cognitive phenomenology-or at least acknowledgement that denying it requires implausible bullet-biting-is a path that commences from introspective attention to one's agentive experience. (Hence my title.) Second, the strategy of describing certain kinds of mental-difference scenarios-ones involving agents who have normal sensory phenomenology and are functional duplicates of a normal human, but who nonetheless differ mentally from a normal human-is a useful way of guiding the perplexed along the path from agentive experience, with its recognizable and proprietary phenomenal aspects, to the recognition and acknowledgement of full-fledged cognitive phenomenology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCognitive Phenomenology
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191731112
ISBN (Print)9780199579938
StatePublished - Jan 19 2012


  • Agentive phenomenology
  • Cognitive phenomenology
  • Partial zombies
  • Phenomenology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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