On a book page, this tab will allow you to add a book to one of your lists.
Please login or register to use this feature.
9780262232661_cover Enlarge Cover
0 of 5
0 ratings
rated!
rated!
list price: $17.75 USD
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
category: Philosophy
published: May 2008
ISBN:9780262232661
publisher: The MIT Press
imprint: A Bradford Book

The Case for Qualia

contributions by C. L. Hardin; William S. Robinson; Diana Raffman; Mark Crooks; Barry Maund; John O'Dea; Michel Bitbol; Harold I. Brown; Matjaž Potrc; Torin Alter; John Smythies; Howard Robinson; Amy Kind; Terence E. Horgan; Martine Nida-Rümelin; Robert J. Howell; George Graham; E. J. Lowe; Riccardo Manzotti & Isabelle Peschard, edited by Edmond Wright

reviews: 0
tagged:
add a tag
Please login or register to use this feature.
mind & body
0 of 5
0 ratings
rated!
rated!
list price: $17.75 USD
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
category: Philosophy
published: May 2008
ISBN:9780262232661
publisher: The MIT Press
imprint: A Bradford Book
Description

Philosophical and scientific defenses of Indirect Realism and counterarguments to the attacks of qualiaphobes.

Many philosophers and cognitive scientists dismiss the notion of qualia, sensory experiences that are internal to the brain. Leading opponents of qualia (and of Indirect Realism, the philosophical position that has qualia as a central tenet) include Michael Tye, Daniel Dennett, Paul and Patricia Churchland, and even Frank Jackson, a former supporter. Qualiaphiles apparently face the difficulty of establishing philosophical contact with the real when their access to it is seen by qualiaphobes to be second-hand and, worse, hidden behind a "veil of sensation"—a position that would slide easily into relativism and solipsism, presenting an ethical dilemma. In The Case for Qualia, proponents of qualia defend the Indirect Realist position and mount detailed counterarguments against opposing views.

The book first presents philosophical defenses, with arguments propounding, variously, a new argument from illusion, a sense-datum theory, dualism, "qualia realism," qualia as the "cement" of the experiential world, and "subjective physicalism." Three scientific defenses follow, discussing color, heat, and the link between the external object and the internal representation. Finally, specific criticisms of opposing views include discussions of the Churchlands' "neurophilosophy," answers to Frank Jackson's abandonment of qualia (one of which is titled, in a reference to Jackson's famous thought experiment, "Why Frank Should Not Have Jilted Mary"), and refutations of Transparency Theory.

Contributors
Torin Alter, Michel Bitbol, Harold I. Brown, Mark Crooks, George Graham, C.L. Hardin, Terence E. Horgan, Robert J. Howell, Amy Kind, E.J. Lowe, Riccardo Manzotti, Barry Maund, Martine Nida-Rümelin, John O'Dea, Isabelle Peschard, Matjaž Potrc, Diana Raffman, Howard Robinson, William S. Robinson, John R. Smythies, Edmond Wright

About the Authors

C. L. Hardin

Author profile page >

William S. Robinson

Author profile page >

Diana Raffman is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Ohio State University.
Author profile page >

Diana Raffman is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Ohio State University.
Author profile page >

Diana Raffman is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Ohio State University.
Author profile page >

Diana Raffman is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Ohio State University.
Author profile page >

Edmond Wright is the editor of New Representationalisms: Essays in the Philosophy of Perception and the author of Narrative, Perception, Language, and Faith.
Author profile page >

Edmond Wright is the editor of New Representationalisms: Essays in the Philosophy of Perception and the author of Narrative, Perception, Language, and Faith.
Author profile page >

Edmond Wright is the editor of New Representationalisms: Essays in the Philosophy of Perception and the author of Narrative, Perception, Language, and Faith.
Author profile page >

Matjaž Potrc is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana.
Author profile page >

Matjaž Potrc is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana.
Author profile page >

John Smythies was Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego, and at the Neurology Institute in London with appointments at Harvard and at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is one of the pre-eminent researchers who studies the neurochemistry of schizophrenia and mental illness.
Author profile page >

John Smythies was Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego, and at the Neurology Institute in London with appointments at Harvard and at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is one of the pre-eminent researchers who studies the neurochemistry of schizophrenia and mental illness.
Author profile page >

John Smythies was Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of California, San Diego, and at the Neurology Institute in London with appointments at Harvard and at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is one of the pre-eminent researchers who studies the neurochemistry of schizophrenia and mental illness.
Author profile page >

Terence Horgan is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona.
Author profile page >

Terence Horgan is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona.
Author profile page >

Terence Horgan is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Arizona.
Author profile page >

George Graham is a Professor of Philosophy and Neuroscience at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Author profile page >

George Graham is a Professor of Philosophy and Neuroscience at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Author profile page >

George Graham is a Professor of Philosophy and Neuroscience at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Author profile page >

George Graham is a Professor of Philosophy and Neuroscience at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Author profile page >
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
18 to 100
Grade:
13 to 17

Buy this book at:

Buy the e-book:

X
Contacting facebook
Please wait...