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The Character of Consciousness$
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David J. Chalmers

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195311105

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311105.001.0001

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Perception and the Fall from Eden

Perception and the Fall from Eden

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The Character of Consciousness

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This chapter takes up the issue of the contents of experience where Chapter 11 leaves off. It argues that the account of Fregean content in Chapter 11 has some important inadequacies concerning its relation to phenomenology and leaves some crucial issues unexplained. It develops a further account involving so-called Edenic content: content that represents primitive properties (such as primitive redness or greenness), properties that are not instantiated in our world but that one can imagine might have been instantiated in the Garden of Eden. The chapter brings this account to bear on many questions in the philosophy of perception, including questions about color constancy, spatial content, the representation of objects, and more.

Keywords:   experience, consciousness, Frege, Edenic content, Garden of Eden, philosophy of perception, primitive properties

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