Original Article


, Volume 77, Issue 3, pp 297-316

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The Way Ripe Tomatoes Look: An Argument Against Externalist Representationalism


Representationalist theories of the phenomenal character of conscious experience are attractive because they promise a simpler ‘naturalization’ of the mind. However, I argue that representationalists cannot endorse an otherwise attractive externalist theory of the representational contents of conscious experiences. The combination of representationalism and externalism conflicts with a true principle linking phenomenal character to perceptual indistinguishability.