Qualia Compression

L.B. Decock, I.E.J. Douven

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    Color qualia inversion scenarios have played a key role in various philosophical debates. Most notably perhaps, they have figured in skeptical arguments for the fundamental unknowability of other persons' color experiences. For these arguments to succeed, it must be assumed that a person's having inverted color qualia may go forever unnoticed. This assumption is now generally deemed to be implausible. The present paper defines a variant of color qualia inversion-termed ''color qualia compression''-and argues that the possibility of undetectable color qualia compression is immune to the objections that have been levelled against color qualia inversion arguments, and that color qualia compression scenarios support full-blown skepticism regarding other people's color experiences. © 2012 Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, LLC.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)129-150
    Number of pages22
    JournalPhilosophy and Phenomenological Research
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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