Ned Block, Wittgenstein, and the inverted spectrum

Philosophia 37 (4):691-712 (2009)
Abstract
In ‘Wittgenstein and Qualia’ Ned Block argues for the existence of inverted spectra and those ineffable things, qualia. The essence of his discussion is a would-be proof, presented through a series of pictures, of the possible existence of an inverted spectrum. His argument appeals to some remarks by Wittgenstein which, Block holds, commit the former to a certain ‘dangerous scenario’ wherein inverted spectra, and consequently qualia live and breath. I hold that a key premise of this proof is incoherent. Furthermore, Block’s dangerous scenario does not follow from Wittgenstein’s innocent one, as Block believes it does, but rather is in conflict with it.
Keywords Ned Block  Wittgenstein  Qualia  Inverted spectrum  Private experience  Private language argument  Sense data  Color perception  Frege  Functionalism  Ineffable
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Ned Block (2007). Wittgenstein and Qualia. Philosophical Perspectives 21 (1):73-115.
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