What is the relation between an experience, the subject of the experience, and the content of the experience?

Philosophical Issues 13 (1):279-315 (2003)
This version of this paper has been superseded by a substantially revised version in G. Strawson, Real Materialism and Other Essays (OUP 2008) I take 'content' in a natural internalist way to refer to occurrent mental content. I introduce a 'thin' or ‘live’ notion of the subject according to which a subject of experience cannot exist unless there is an experience for it to be the subject of. I then argue, first, that in the case of a particular experience E, its content C, and its (thin) subject S, [C ↔ E ↔ S]; and, second, that the metaphysical fact that underlies this (strong modal) equivalence is in fact identity: [E = S = C]. I suggest that the effort of thought required to grasp this is deeply revealing of the nature of reality. On the way I raise a doubt about the viability of the traditional object/property distinction.
Keywords Content  Materialism  Metaphysics  Mind  Object  Property  Subject  Self  Identity
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DOI 10.1111/1533-6077.00015
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David K. Lewis (1999). Papers in Metaphysics and Epistemology. Cambridge: Uk ;Cambridge University Press.

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Wolfgang Fasching (2009). The Mineness of Experience. Continental Philosophy Review 42 (2):131-148.

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