Seeing Qualitons as Qualia. A Dialogue with Wittgenstein on Private Experience, Sense Data and the Ontology of Mind

Hilan Bensusan


In this paper we put forward the thesis that qualia are tropes (or qualitons), and
not (universal) properties. Further, we maintain that Wittgenstein hints in this
direction. We also find in Wittgenstein elements of an account of language
acquisition that takes the presence of qualia as an enabling condition. We conclude
by pointing out some difficulties of this view.


philosophy; 20th century philosophy; Wittgenstein Ludwig; myth of the given; tropes; sense data; private experience; ontology of mind

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