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Qualia and the Problem of Universals

Sharlow, Mark (2007) Qualia and the Problem of Universals. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    In this paper I explore the logical relationship between the question of the reality of qualia and the problem of universals. I argue that nominalism is inconsistent with the existence of qualia, and that realism either implies or makes plausible the existence of qualia. Thus, one's position on the existence of qualia is strongly constrained by one's answer to the problem of universals.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: This is an updated version of a paper that appeared previously on the author's website.
    Keywords: qualia, consciousness, first-person character, ontology
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Neuroscience
    Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
    Depositing User: Mark Sharlow
    Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2008
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:16
    Item ID: 3784
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3784

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