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2020.03.16 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Sam Coleman (ed.), The Knowledge Argument, Cambridge University Press, 2019, 303pp., $32.99 (pbk), ISBN 9781316506981. Reviewed by Donnchadh O'Conaill, Université de Fribourg If one had all the scientific information about a given subject matter, would one thereby know everything there is to know about it? Frank Jackson's tale of Mary is a vivid illustration of this question: she has an exhaustive scientific understanding of colour vision, but lives in a black-and-white room and has never had a colour experience. On leaving the room and having her first colour experience, would she learn anything new? The knowledge argument depends on an affirmative answer: since she would learn something new, her scientific knowledge would not exhaust everything there was to know about colour vision. In particular, Mary would learn what it would be like to see, e.g., a red object; that is, she would learn about the... Read More

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