“Don't Know if I'm Comin' Up or Down” Reductive Strategies

Joseph Levine

in Purple Haze

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780195132359
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833375 | DOI:

Series: Philosophy of Mind Series

 “Don't Know if I'm Comin' Up or Down” Reductive Strategies

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Various reductive strategies for explaining consciousness are discussed. The problem of subjectivity is distinguished from the problem of qualia, noting that some theories treat one but not the other. Higher‐order theories are then considered and found wanting. Finally, representationalism, both externalist and internalist, is considered and found inadequate as well.

Keywords: externalism; higher‐order theory; internalism; qualia; reduction; representationalism; subjectivity

Chapter.  17392 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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