The qualities of qualia

Communication and Cognition 34 (1):121-138 (2001)
Abstract
This essay is a defence of the traditional notion of qualia - as properties of consciousness that are ineffable, intrinsic, private and immediately apprehensible - against the eliminative attempts of Daniel Dennett in the influential article "Quining Qualia." It is suggested that a thorough exploration of the concept is an appropriate starting point for future explanations of qualia, and the essay ends with some possible explanations of the four traditional properties.
Keywords Consciousness  Metaphysics  Qualia  Dennett, D
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