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Phenomenal Qualities: Sense, Perception, and Consciousness

Paul Coates and Sam Coleman


We are made aware of phenomenal qualities in perceptual and other experiences of various kinds and—perhaps—in all conscious states. They are present when we are in states with phenomenal character where there is an answer to the question what-is-it-like? The notion is problematic for a number of reasons. There are different answers to questions about how phenomenal qualities relate to the intentional, or representational, dimension of experience. Issues arise as to their proper location, and about their fundamental ontology. Do they lack real existence, or are they part of the ultimate furnitu ... More

Keywords: phenomenal qualities, experience, perception, physicalism, phenomenal concepts, direct realism, representation, consciousness, sensation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198712718
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712718.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Coates, editor
University of Hertfordshire

Sam Coleman, editor
University of Hertfordshire

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Paul Coates and Sam Coleman

Section I The Ontology of Phenomenal Qualities

2 Neuro-Cosmology

Sam Coleman

3 Phenomenal Qualities

Howard Robinson

Section II Perception and Phenomenal Qualities

5 Moore’s Dilemma

M. G. F. Martin

7 Real Direct Realism

Galen Strawson

Section III The Kinds and Character of Phenomenal Qualities

11 The Life of the Mind

Michelle Montague

Section IV Phenomenal Qualities and Empirical Findings

13 Can Sounds Be Red?

Ophelia Deroy

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