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Color Ontology and Color Science$
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Jonathan Cohen and Mohan Matthen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262013857

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262013857.001.0001

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Color, Qualia, and Attention: A Nonstandard Interpretation

Color, Qualia, and Attention: A Nonstandard Interpretation

(p.203) 8 Color, Qualia, and Attention: A Nonstandard Interpretation
Color Ontology and Color Science

Austen Clark

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This chapter attempts to avoid as many consciousness debates as possible by confining the discussion to a simple kind of mental state that belongs to the genus phenomenal consciousness. This simple kind might be referred to as perceptual awareness or perceptual experience—episodes in which a subject both perceives something and is aware of what is perceived or of some aspect of what is perceived. Its perceptual origin gives the episode its distinctive phenomenal character, and often that phenomenal character is the feature of which one is aware. One might also refer to these as sensory experiences, in which one becomes conscious of a sensible feature of something that one senses. The latter condition, being aware of some aspect of what is perceived, qualifies the members of this species as states of consciousness. In virtue of having them, one can be considered to be aware of something.

Keywords:   mental state, phenomenal consciousness, perceptual awareness, perceptual experience, perceptual origin, phenomenal character, sensory experiences, states of consciousness

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