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Physical Constituents of Qualia

István Aranyosi
Philosophical Studies: An International Journal for Philosophy in the Analytic Tradition
Vol. 116, No. 2 (Nov., 2003), pp. 103-131
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4321417
Page Count: 29
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Abstract

In this paper I propose a defense of a posteriori materialism. Problems with a posteriori identity materialism are identified, and a materialism based on composition, not identity, is proposed. The main task for such a proposal is to account for the relation between physical and phenomenal properties. Composition does not seem to be fit as a relation between properties, but I offer a peculiar way to understand property-composition, based on some recent ideas in the literature on ontology. Finally, I propose a materialist model for the mind-body relation that is able to resist the attack from conceivability arguments.

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