Qualitative Character

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The term qualitative character is commonly used to express that there is something it is like for the experiencing subject to undergo an experience.[1] For example, Clark (1993) defines the 'qualitative' character of sensory states (states in virtue of which the subject "senses or perceives objects"[2]) as those qualities that determine exactly how the world appears.

(Nida-Rümelin 2016) argues that it is wrong to attribute qualitative character to experiences or states of consciousness. Rather, "experiences have 'qualitative character' only in the sense that they involve an experiencing subject who instantiates experiential properties".[3]

In neurophenomenology, qualitative aspect, or qualitative character, is occasionally being used to denote the unnoticed aspects of experience. This is thought to relate to pre-reflexive self-awareness.


  1. Martine Nida-Rümelin, The experience property frame work, 2016
  2. Clark, 1993
  3. Martine Nida-Rümelin, The experience property frame work, 2016