"Emotion and the function of consciousness"
Certain arguments that phenomenal conscious states play no role, or
play a role that could be different, depend upon the seeming
plausibility of thought experiments such as the inverted spectrum or
phenomenal zombie. These thought experiments are always run for
perceptual states like color vision. Run for affective states like
emotions, they become absurd, because the prior intension of our
concepts of emotional states are that the phenomenal experience is
inseparable from their motivational aspects. Our growing scientific
understanding of emotion and motivation lends inductive evidence to
this view. This points the way towards a positive hypothesis that
affective consciousness is type-specific to its function.
The Journal of Consciousness Studies, 3, No. 5-6, 1996, pp. 492-9.