Qualia im Knotenpunkt zwischen Leib und Seele: "Argumentatives" Dilemma in der gegenwärtigen Diskussion über die Subjektivität mentaler Zustände

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Qualia in the node-point between mind and body: Dilemma of present discussion about the subjectivity of mental states. The present discussion about qualia shows a bewildering variety of different positions. We show implicit assumptions about brain, subject, and qualia of this complex discussion. By means of three assumptions we divide the discussion about qualia into three different positions (proposition, opposition, intermediate solutions). These positions and their exemplaric authors are briefly presented along the lines of the three assumptions. The next step shows how each position solves the dilemma which arises if one relates all three assumptions by eliminating at least one of the three assumptions. Finally, general problems in the discussion of qualia are shown by means of which the dilemma of the relation between brain, subject and qualia may be brought closer to a solution without eliminating one assumption.

Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)269-295
Number of pages27
JournalJournal for General Philosophy of Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • "Dilemma of discussion"
  • Brain
  • Qualia
  • Subject

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Philosophy

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