Functionalism and the Qualia Wars

Ekai Txapartegi

Abstract


The debate concerning the reality of qualia has stagnated. The
dominant functionalist approach to qualia concentrates largely on the
filter-strategy as applied to color experiences. The filter-strategy takes
color experiences as material-to-be-functionally-filtered under the
assumption that qualia as such cannot be filtered. However, despite the
speculative efforts made in this direction, the debate between
phenomenalists and representationalists remains unresolved. The main idea
of this paper is to show that the lack of success settling “the qualia war”
has to be understood as a result of the mischaracterization of colors as a
material-to-be-functionally-filtered.

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