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Qualia and the Problem of Universals

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

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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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Sharlow, Mark
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 15:16
Item ID: 3784
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3784

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