Synthese 159 (1):47 - 60 (2007)

Jonathan Ellis
University of California, Santa Cruz
I argue that, if content externalism is in tension with privileged access to content, then content externalism is also in tension with privileged access to phenomenal character. Content externalists may thus have a new problem on their hands. This is not because content externalism implies externalism about phenomenal character. My argument is compatible with the conviction that, unlike some propositional content, phenomenal character is not individuated by environmental factors. Rather, the argument involves considering in tandem two ideas which have become prominent in the philosophy of mind concerning the introspection of phenomenal character.
Keywords Privileged access  Qualia  Self-knowledge  Introspection  Phenomenal character  Phenomenal quality  First-person authority  Externalism  Phenomenal concept
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-006-9067-3
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