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The Case for Qualia
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The Case for Qualia

Edmond Wright

Abstract

Many philosophers and cognitive scientists dismiss the notion of qualia, sensory experiences that are internal to the brain. Leading opponents of qualia (and of Indirect Realism, the philosophical position that has qualia as a central tenet) include Michael Tye, Daniel Dennett, Paul and Patricia Churchland, and even Frank Jackson, a former supporter. Qualiaphiles apparently face the difficulty of establishing philosophical contact with the real when their access to it is seen by qualiaphobes to be secondhand and, worse, hidden behind a “veil of sensation”—a position that would slide easily int ... More

Keywords: qualia, sensory experiences, Indirect Realism, qualiaphiles, qualiaphobes, veil of sensation, relativism, solipsism, ethical dilemma, dualism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780262232661
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262232661.001.0001

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Edmond Wright, editor

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