Minds and Machines

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 237–249

Let's Dance! The Equivocation in Chalmers' Dancing Qualia Argument

  • Bram van Heuveln
  • Eric Dietrich
  • Michiharu Oshima
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1008273402702

Cite this article as:
van Heuveln, B., Dietrich, E. & Oshima, M. Minds and Machines (1998) 8: 237. doi:10.1023/A:1008273402702

Abstract

David Chalmers' dancing qualia argument is intended to show that phenomenal experiences, or qualia, are organizational invariants. The dancing qualia argument is a reductio ad absurdum, attempting to demonstrate that holding an alternative position, such as the famous inverted spectrum argument, leads one to an implausible position about the relation between consciousness and cognition. In this paper, we argue that Chalmers' dancing qualia argument fails to establish the plausibility of qualia being organizational invariants. Even stronger, we will argue that the gap in the argument cannot be closed.

consciousnessfunctionalismqualia

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bram van Heuveln
    • 1
  • Eric Dietrich
    • 1
  • Michiharu Oshima
    • 1
  1. 1.Philosophy and Computers and Cognitive Science, Department of PhilosopyBinghamton UniversityBinghamtonU.S.A.