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Qualia and the Problem of Universals

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legacy-msw
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  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology/Psychiatry
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  • Philosophy

Abstract

In this paper I explore the logical relationship between the question of the reality of qualia and the problem of universals. I argue that nominalism is inconsistent with the existence of qualia, and that realism either implies or makes plausible the existence of qualia. Thus, one's position on the existence of qualia is strongly constrained by one's answer to the problem of universals.

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