Physical constituents of qualia

Philosophical Studies 116 (2):103-131 (2003)
ABSTRACT. In this paper I propose a defense of a posteriori materialism. Prob- lems with a posteriori identity materialism are identi?ed, and a materialism based on composition, not identity, is proposed. The main task for such a proposal is to account for the relation between physical and phenomenal properties. Compos- ition does not seem to be ?t as a relation between properties, but I offer a peculiar way to understand property-composition, based on some recent ideas in the literature on ontology. Finally, I propose a materialist model for the mind-body relation that is able to resist the attack from conceivability arguments.
Keywords A Posteriori  Composition  Metaphysics  Naturalism  Property  Qualia
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DOI 10.1023/B:PHIL.0000005733.01648.95
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