Essays in Philosophy 15 (2):249-265 (2014)

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Keith Turausky
University of Arizona
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That experience requires a subject is all but uncontroversial. It is surprising, then, that contemporary philosophers of mind generally focus on experiences at the expense of subjects. Herein, I argue that beyond the qualitative character of phenomenology, there is a discrete further fact—the subjective character of phenomenology—that calls out for explanation. Similar views have recently been endorsed by both Zahavi and Kriegel, but a comparison of the ways they have framed the issue suggests there are two discrete questions afoot: in virtue of what does subjective phenomenology exist whatsoever, and in virtue of what might one’s subjective phenomenology differ from that of one’s perfect duplicate? The second question—that of individuative subjective phenomenology—is my primary concern, and its answer seems to me to require the invocation of haecceities: non-qualitative, non-duplicable properties that uniquely individuate objects. In other words, I suggest that the property of being the very subject that one is enters essentially into the phenomenological character of all one’s experiences
Keywords Applied Philosophy  Contemporary Philosophy
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DOI 10.7710/1526-0569.1506
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