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Wittgenstein and the Philosophy of Mind$
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Jonathan Ellis and Daniel Guevara

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199737666

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737666.001.0001

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Sensation, Introspection, and the Phenomenal

Sensation, Introspection, and the Phenomenal

(p.183) Chapter 8 Sensation, Introspection, and the Phenomenal
Wittgenstein and the Philosophy of Mind

Jonathan Ellis

Oxford University Press

Employing themes from Wittgenstein, the chapter argues against a standard assumption which he takes to be at the center of contemporary philosophy of mind. According to this assumption, held by “representationalists” and “qualia realists” alike, in order for a broadly “physicalist” conception of the world to be correct, every sensation, experience, and so forth, that has phenomenal character must be identical to a particular physical phenomenon (a physical process, or physical state, event, property, etc.); that is, it must be identical to a phenomenon fully specifiable in physical terms. This chapter’s primary interest is not so much in defending the thesis of physicalism as it is in exposing the misconception of sensation (and the like) upon which it claims the standard assumption rests. The chapter attempts to undermine this conception by way of a close study of the role that introspection plays in philosophical contexts.

Keywords:   Wittgenstein, phenomenal character, phenomenal quality, what it’s like, sensation, qualia, representationalism, representationism, introspection, physicalism, materialism, consciousness

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