Breaking the Spell: Materialism and the Qualia Intuition

Journal of Consciousness Studies 21 (7-8):184-192 (2014)
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The paper consists of a simple argument in favour of reductive materialism. It is argued that the usual arguments for dualism all presuppose what I call the qualia intuition , the assumption that qualia are functionally undefinable . This assumption has given rise to a long-standing dilemma; irreducible qualia or no qualia . The contrary assumption, ~QI, however, gives rise to a different choice; reducible qualia or no qualia . The real question then is: QI or ~QI ? It is argued that dualism and materialism, so defined, are empirically indistinguishable and hence that the choice between them must be made on pragmatic grounds. It is then argued that, pragmatically speaking, materialism is far superior to dualism and hence that we should choose the former over the latter
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