The Problem of Our Unconscious Quality

Peter Unger

in All the Power in the World

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195155617
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850563 | DOI:
The Problem of Our Unconscious Quality

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In the last couple of chapters, the author has offered considerations to favor substantial dualism over its salient, more conservative rivals, whether the favored substantial dualism be only a pessimistic form of the thesis or whether it be an optimistic dualism that is favored. In either event, we should want a substantial dualism that is, in the best sense of the expression, a humanly realistic philosophy. For that to transpire, we should articulate a substantial dualism that does well by the problem of our unconscious quality. With a heightened awareness of this problem, and of how it may impact any substantial dualism, we may better appreciate such dualist hypotheses as can, in due course, allow for an apt dualistic answer to the proposed problem. This chapter first examines objects that are aptly qualified and experiencers who are differently qualified just as aptly. It then reconsiders the problem of our unconscious quality and how it is historically denied by Rene Descartes, and David Hume's philosophy about existence compared with that of Descartes.

Keywords: Rene Descartes; David Hume; philosophy; existence; unconscious quality; substantial dualism

Chapter.  7230 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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