Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

Inverted Spectra, Philosophy of Mind: A term used to describe a thought experiment showing that we cannot be sure that stimuli (here light wavelengths) will be translated into similar mental states by all subjects. It is possible that a color is not localized at the same place on the color spectrum for all subjects, e.g. in an extreme case one may see something as red which another person considers to be green. Since the use of language is based on both having learned public language, they would use the same word despite their differing subjective experience. See also knowledge how, private language, qualia, skepticism.

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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IV 195
exchanged spectra: nothing in the behavior can uncover the permutation, VsBehaviorism - representation of the frequencies does not represent the sensation - descriptions can be changed at will - Tradition: sensation not necessary property of color - if "metaphysically necessary" connection between perception and neurophysiology, then still none between color concept and psychophysical concept -
IV 195
State space/Fodor/LeporeVsChurchland: problem of identity will always return - ultimately no other criterion than observational concepts

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.

J. Fodor/E. Lepore
Holism Cambridge USA Oxford UK 1992

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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-07-24