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The Case for Qualia$
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Edmond Wright

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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Qualia Realism, Its Phenomenal Contents and Discontents

Qualia Realism, Its Phenomenal Contents and Discontents

(p.89) 4 Qualia Realism, Its Phenomenal Contents and Discontents
The Case for Qualia

George Graham

Terence Horgan

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This chapter discusses qualia realism and describes it roughly as the thesis that qualia are real. The chapter is divided into two main sections. The first describes what qualia are and outlines the form of qualia realism favored here. In the second section, three arguments are offered for qualia realism. While the first one presented is an argument for the full picture of the qualia favored here, each of the second and third arguments can be adjusted to possess a narrower scope than that offered by this full picture and to apply only to sensory qualia. Such possible adjustments are not described in detail here, but it is the intention of the current discussion to be cordial to qualia realists whose conceptions of the nature of qualia may be somewhat more limited or restricted than the ones presented here.

Keywords:   qualia realism, full picture, sensory qualia, qualia realists, nature of qualia

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