Qualia

[Revised entry by Michael Tye on August 20, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Feelings and experiences vary widely. For example, I run my fingers over sandpaper, smell a skunk, feel a
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[Revised entry by Michael Tye on August 20, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Feelings and experiences vary widely. For example, I run my fingers over sandpaper, smell a skunk, feel a sharp pain in my finger, seem to see bright purple, become extremely angry. In each of these cases, I am the subject of a mental state with a very distinctive subjective character. There is something it is like for me to undergo each state, some phenomenology that it has. Philosophers often use the term 'qualia' (singular 'quale') to refer to...

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