Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Qualia, philosophy: qualia are the sensory-like correspondences to properties perceived on external objects or processes. Problems arise in connection with the explanation of their origin and their comparability between individuals. See also phenomena, sensory perception, sensations, perceptions, stimuli, qualities, subjectivity, intersubjectivity, objectivity, inverted spectra, consciousness.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Qualia/Functionalism/Stalnaker: he will explain them with a relational structure. - Problem: if we could have a permutation so that the relational general structure remained - then no functionalist theory could be right.
I 223
Vs: this can be argued: 1) the relations are more complex, for example, there are relations of colors among each other - that would mean denying symmetry.
Inverted spectra/Stalnaker: bad solution: introduce additional characteristics: E.g. blue is cool - we only need the possibility of symmetry for some creatures -
functionalism: identifies Qualia intra-personnally through distinguishability.
Shoemaker: wants to reconcile interpersonal comparisons with it.
Interpersonal/Wittgenstein: from the possibility to change intra-personnally.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.

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R. Stalnaker
Ways a World may be Oxford New York 2003

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2018-05-25