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.
Author Item    More concepts for author
Chalmers, David Inverted Spectra   Chalmers, David
Churchland, Paul M. Inverted Spectra   Churchland, Paul M.
Fodor, Jerry Inverted Spectra   Fodor, Jerry
Locke, John Inverted Spectra   Locke, John
Pauen, Michael Inverted Spectra   Pauen, Michael
Poundstone, W. Inverted Spectra   Poundstone, W.
Quine, Willard Van Orman Inverted Spectra   Quine, Willard Van Orman
Rorty, Richard Inverted Spectra   Rorty, Richard
Searle, John R. Inverted Spectra   Searle, John R.
Shoemaker, Sydney Inverted Spectra   Shoemaker, Sydney
Stalnaker, R. Inverted Spectra   Stalnaker, R.

Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-09-19