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Tye's representationalism: Feeling the heat?

Gray, Richard 2003. Tye's representationalism: Feeling the heat? Philosophical Studies 115 (3) , pp. 245-256. 10.1023/A:1025129319705

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Abstract

According to Tye’s PANIC theory of consciousness, perceptualstates of creatures which are related to a disjunction ofexternal contents will fail to represent sensorily, andthereby fail to be conscious states. In this paper I argue that heat perception, a form of perception neglected in the recent literature, serves as a counterexample to Tye’s radical externalist claim. Having laid out Tye’s `absentqualia’ scenario, the PANIC theory from which it derives and the case of heat perception as a counterexample, I defend the putative counterexample against three possible responses: (1) that heat perception represents general(i.e. non-disjunctive) intrinsic properties of objects,(2) that heat perception represents the non-specific heat energy that is transferred between a subject’s body and another body and (3) that heat perception exclusively represents heat properties of the subject’s own body.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 0031-8116
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:51
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/3783

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