Affect: representationalists’ headache
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- Aydede, M. & Fulkerson, M. Philos Stud (2014) 170: 175. doi:10.1007/s11098-013-0206-7
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Representationalism is the view that the phenomenal character of experiences is identical to their representational content of a certain sort. This view requires a strong transparency condition on phenomenally conscious experiences. We argue that affective qualities such as experienced pleasantness or unpleasantness are counter-examples to the transparency thesis and thus to the sort of representationalism that implies it.