Phil1November 26

Phil1November 26 - Read for next time Knowing What It's...

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November 26, 2007 Read for next time, Knowing What It’s Like by David Lewis 1) Qualia a. The what it’s like aspect of experience = the subjective character of experience or QUALIA b. QUALIA are accessible only from the first person perspctive c. I thus have access only to my qualia d. Qualia are essentially involved in experience e. The way a bat sees at night is ECOLOCATION i. We don’t know what that’s like because we don’t have the ability of ecolocation ii. Only through the first person perspective f. Another way to put it: Qualia are irreducible aspects of experience. g. They thus constituted a sui generis mental kind h. So they aren’t going to reduce to either neuronal kinds or functional kinds (or any other physical kind) i. Nagel: we can’t have scientific knowledge what it’s like, from the perspective of bat, to have the experience of echolocation j. Why? Because the facts about what it’s like to have such and such an experience (facts about qualia are not objective facts
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHIL 1 taught by Professor Lewis during the Fall '08 term at UCSB.

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