Definition of quale in English:

Share this entry

quale

Pronunciation: /ˈkweɪli/

noun (plural qualia /ˈkweɪlɪə/)

(usually qualia) Philosophy
A quality or property as perceived or experienced by a person: in a different world, I could have the qualia of ‘red’ when looking at the sky (but would continue to label it as ‘blue’)
More example sentences
  • According to Block, what has remained the same is the qualia of my experience; what has changed is the intentional content.
  • Nonetheless the type-type identity theory has enjoyed a recent if modest resurgence at least with respect to qualia or qualitative conscious properties.
  • Sensory receptors provide information about the quality of the stimuli that they detect, giving rise to what philosophers call the qualia of conscious perceptual experience.

Origin

Late 17th century: from Latin, neuter of qualis 'of what kind'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: quale

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.