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Reflexionism: A New Metaphysical View of Both the Content and the Phenomenal Character of Experience

Reflexionism: A New Metaphysical View of Both the Content and the Phenomenal Character of Experience

Roberto Sá Pereira, “Reflexionism: A New Metaphysical View of Both the Content and the Phenomenal Character of Experience,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 72, no. 2–3 (2016): 531–44, DOI 10.17990/RPF/2016_72_2_0531.

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Reflexionism: a New Metaphysical View of both the Content and the Phenomenal Character of Experience

Type Journal Article
Author Roberto Sá Pereira
Rights © 2016 Aletheia - Associação Científica e Cultural | © 2016 Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
Volume 72
Issue 2-3
Pages 531-544
Publication Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
ISSN 0870-5283; 2183-461X
Date 2016
DOI 10.17990/RPF/2016_72_2_0531
Language English
Abstract The aim of this paper is to offer a new metaphysical view of both of the content and the phenomenal or conscious character of visual experience inspired by Kaplan’s semantics of demonstratives. In Kaplan’s account, the character or meaning of a demonstrative type is understood as the function of a particular token of that type (vehicle of content) in the context of the demonstration to the singular content in the context in question. By way of analogy, I want to suggest that the phenomenal character of experience can be best modeled as a function from particular tokens of experience in the context of experiential contact to their singular contents: that is, the particular instantiation of properties with which the subject is in experiential contact in those contexts. Since the meaning of demonstratives can also be described by its token-reflexive rule (the object demonstrated by this token demonstrative in this context of demonstration), we can also think of the phenomenal character as a token-reflexive property of representing whatever is normally causally responsible for this token experience in the context of experiential contact. This is what I called Reflexionism.
Date Added 19/10/2016, 12:26:46
Modified 25/10/2016, 10:13:22


  • content view,
  • phenomenal character of perceptual experience,
  • reflexionism,
  • representational content of perceptual experience,
  • representationalism


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