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sense qualia

Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


E pistemology, metaphysics [from Latin qualia , singular quale , quality, nature, state] Both the qualities of sensations considered in abstraction, such as redness or sweetness, and the qualities sensed in association with specific objects, such as the redness of a red car or the sweetness of a sweet fruit. For many empiricists , the physical object is an idealization of sense qualia , from which the object directly derives its perceptual properties . In this latter sense, the concept of sense qualia is similar to that of sense–data . Attempts to explain relations between qualia and objects quickly become complex. “It is of course possible to designate a sense–quale and ask how it is related to the physical object to which it corresponds.” Ayer, Philosophy in the Twentieth Century ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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