Consciousness and Qualia
Leopold Stubenberg | University of Notre Dame, Indiana
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)
[Advances in Consciousness Research, 5] 1998. x, 368 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
1. Introduction | p. 1
2. Making our Ideas Clear: Consciousness and Qualia | p. 12
3. On Method: The First-Person Perspective | p. 36
4. Higher-Order Representation and Introspection | p. 59
5. The Allure of Introspectionism | p. 93
6. Oscar, the Unconscious Introspector: A Case Study | p. 129
7. Relocation Qualia | p. 151
8. Having Relocated Qualia | p. 181
9. Denying Relocated Qualia | p. 214
10. consciousness: The Having of Qualia | p. 262
Notes | p. 311
Detailed Table of Contents | p. 346
Index | p. 352
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