Powerful qualities, phenomenal concepts and the new challenge to physicalism

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Defenders of the phenomenal concept strategy have to explain how both physical and phenomenal concepts provide a substantive grasp on the nature of their referents, whilst referring to the very same experience. This is the ‘new challenge’ to physicalism. In this paper, I argue that if the physicalist adopts the powerful qualities ontology of properties then a new and powerful version of the phenomenal concept strategy can be developed, which answers the new challenge.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-66
Number of pages27
JournalAustralasian Journal of Philosophy
Issue number1
Early online date30 Apr 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • phenomenal concepts, new challenge, Powerful qualities