Acta Analytica

, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 155–163

Qualia Qua Qualitons: Mental Qualities as Abstract Particulars


DOI: 10.1007/s12136-010-0099-4

Cite this article as:
Bensusan, H. & de Carvalho, E. Acta Anal (2011) 26: 155. doi:10.1007/s12136-010-0099-4


In this paper we advocate the thesis that qualia are tropes (or qualitons), and not (universal) properties. The main advantage of the thesis is that we can accept both the Wittgensteinian and Sellarsian assault on the given and the claim that only subjective and private states can do justice to the qualitative character of experience. We hint that if we take qualia to be tropes, we dissolve the problem of inverted qualia. We develop an account of sensory concept acquisition that takes the presence of qualia as an enabling condition for learning. We argue that qualia taken to be qualitons are part of our mechanism of sensory concept acquisition.


Qualia Tropes Mental states Sensory vocabulary Concept acquisition 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Brasilia, ICC Ala Norte Campus Universitário Darcy RibeiroBrasíliaBrasil

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