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Purple Haze: The Puzzle of Consciousness

Joseph Levine


Consciousness presents a problem. There are excellent reasons for believing that materialism, or physicalism, is the correct metaphysical view of our world, yet it is extremely difficult to see how conscious experiences, or qualia, can be incorporated into the materialist framework. Both aspects of the problem are defended. First, a positive argument for materialism is given, with responses to dualist objections. Second, objections are presented to most materialist attempts to explain consciousness – in particular, higher‐order theories, representationalism, and eliminativism. Finally, it is a ... More

Keywords: consciousness, dualism, eliminativism, higher‐order theory, intentionality, materialism, physicalism, qualia, representationalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195132359
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195132351.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Levine, author
Ohio State University
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