Consciousness and Qualia (Advances in Consciousness Research) by Leopold Stubenberg

Consciousness and Qualia (Advances in Consciousness Research) Author: Leopold Stubenberg
eBook Title: Consciousness and Qualia (Advances in Consciousness Research)
ISBN10: 9027251258
ISBN13: 978-9027251251
Language: English
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company (May 15, 1998)
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
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This is a philosophical study of qualitative consciousness, characteristic examples of which are pains, experienced colors, sounds, etc. Consciousness is analyzed as the having of qualia. Phenomenal properties or qualia are problematical because they lack appropriate bearers. The relation of having is problematical because none of the typical candidates for this relation ― introspection, inner monitoring, higher level thoughts ― is capable of explaining what it looks like to have a quale . The qualia problem is solved by introducing a bundle theory of phenomenal objects. Phenomenal objects are bundles of qualia. Thus there is no need for independent qualia bearers. The having problem is solved by introducing a bundle theory of the self. To have a quale is for it to be in the bundle one is. Thus no further relations are needed to explain how qualia are had. This study strives for phenomenological adequacy. Thus the first-person point of view dominates throughout. (Series A)

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