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Sydney Shoemaker

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199214396

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199214396.001.0001

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Realization of Qualia

Realization of Qualia

(p.115) 6 Realization of Qualia
Physical Realization

Sydney Shoemaker (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter argues that qualia — the properties that give experiences their phenomenal character — are physically realizable. Although individual qualia are not functionally definable, the relations of qualitative similarity and difference are functionally definable, and this is enough to make possible the physical realization of qualia. It is also argued that a robot that is a functional isomorph of one of us could have phenomenal consciousness, i.e., have states having phenomenal character.

Keywords:   qualia, phenomenal character, phenomenal consciousness, qualitative similarity and difference, functional isomorph

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