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Direct Reference and Dancing Qualia

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This chapter argues that there is a tension in the semantic views held by certain antiphysicalists. These philosophers accept Fregean arguments against direct-reference theories of ordinary proper names but maintain that phenomenal concepts refer directly. Against this semantic package, it is argued that the thought experiments that motivate a sense-reference distinction for ordinary proper names - roughly, Hesperus- Phosphorus stories - can be replicated at the level of direct phenomenal con...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, HUM, Philosophy, Philosophy Postholders
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Host title:
Phenomenal Concepts and Phenomenal Knowledge: New Essays on Consciousness and Physicalism
Publication date:
2007-01-01
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uuid:428fb22b-b905-4ef4-8293-3e9e5b2938d1
Source identifiers:
195769
Local pid:
pubs:195769
ISBN:
9780195171655

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