Phenomenal feel as process

L. A. Paul*

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Phenomenal character (or feel) is the what-it's-likeness of subjective experience. I develop an ontology of phenomenal feel as process. My being in some phenomenal state R is the process of my instantiating R’s neurological correlate. The ontology explains why we have asymmetric epistemic access to phenomenal characters: the ontological ground for the subjective or first-personal stance is different from the ontological ground for the objective or third-personal stance. I end by situating my account in debates about physicalism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-222
Number of pages19
JournalPhilosophical Issues
Issue number1
Early online date11 Oct 2017
Publication statusPublished - 11 Oct 2017


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