Thought and qualia

David J Cole

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I present a theory of the nature and basis of the conscious experience characteristic of occurent propositional attitudes: thinking this or that. As a preliminary I offer an extended criticism of Paul Schweizer's treatment of such consciousness as unexplained secondary qualities of neural events. I also attempt to rebut arguments against the possibility of functionalist accounts of conscious experience and qualia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)283-302
Number of pages20
JournalMinds and Machines
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 1994


  • Consciousness
  • functionalism
  • intentionality
  • physicalism
  • propositional attitudes
  • qualia
  • secondary properties

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