Qualia and the Representational Theory of Phenomenal Character

Tim Klaassen
Tilburg University
Representationalism is an influential theory about the nature of phenomenal character. Extensive formulations of the theory can be found in (Dretske;1995) and (Tye; 1995). Much has been written on representationalism since the publication of these books. However, straightforward and concise characterizations of the theory are hard to fi nd. In this paper I attempt to give one such. It has been my aim to clarify what exactly representationalism is a theory of, the problems it aims to solve, and how it distinguishes itself from other alternative views. Before going into the theory itself, I provide a short sketch of the philosophical context within which representationalism should be understood. In the second part, I shall elaborate on representationalism. I conclude with some problems and complications.
Keywords Phenomenal Character  Representationalism  Qualia
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