The transparency of qualia and the nature of introspection
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophical Writings 29 (2):21-44 (2005)
The idea that the phenomenal character of experience is determined by non-intentional properties of experience, what philosophers commonly call qualia, seems to conflict with the phenomenology of introspection. Qualia seem to be transparent, or unavailable, to introspection. This has led intentionalists to deny that the phenomenal character of experience is a non-intentional property of experience—to deny there are qualia. It has led qualia realists to deny the transparency of qualia or to question the reliability of introspection. In this paper, I present what I call the problem of transparency and show that it is what lies at the core of this recent debate over the nature of phenomenal experience. The main positions in the qualia debate can be seen as providing solutions to this problem; however, none of these positions recognizes the central role introspection plays in uncovering the nature of experience.
|Keywords||Experience Introspection Metaphysics Qualia Transparency|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Robert Francescotti (2000). Introspection and Qualia: A Defense of Infallibility. Communication and Cognition: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly Journal 33 (3-4):161-173.
Amy Kind (2003). What's so Transparent About Transparency? Philosophical Studies 115 (3):225-244.
John O'Dea (2008). Transparency and the Unity of Experience. In E. Wright (ed.), The Case for Qualia. MIT Press 299.
Sydney Shoemaker (1984). Churchland on Reduction, Qualia, and Introspection. Philosophy of Science Association 1984:799-809.
Michael Tye (2002). Representationalism and the Transparency of Experience. Noûs 36 (1):137-51.
Michael Beaton (2009). Qualia and Introspection. Journal of Consciousness Studies 16 (5):88-110.
Paul M. Churchland (1985). Reduction, Qualia and the Direct Introspection of Brain States. Journal of Philosophy 82 (January):8-28.
Clare Batty (2010). Scents and Sensibilia. American Philosophical Quarterly 47 (2):103-118.
Matthew Kennedy (2009). Heirs of Nothing: The Implications of Transparency. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 79 (3):574-604.
Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads1 ( #647,778 of 1,727,288 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #369,877 of 1,727,288 )
How can I increase my downloads?