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Answering Molyneux

Ryan Nichols

in Thomas Reid's Theory of Perception

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199276912
eISBN:
9780191707759
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276912.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter analyzes Reid's treatment of the Molyneux question. Molyneux's question can be presented in general form as this: ‘Were a blind person to be given sight, and were a cube and a sphere set ... More


Crossmodal interactions in the human newborn: New answers to Molyneux’s question

Arlette Streri

in Multisensory Development

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199586059
eISBN:
9780191741470
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586059.003.0004
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology

Newborns are largely naïve when they enter the world. How can they make sense of the wealth of stable or moving objects, events, and people that they encounter through audition, vision, touch and ... More


Berkeley, Reid, and Sinha on Molyneux’s Question

James Van Cleve

in Sensory Integration and the Unity of Consciousness

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780262027786
eISBN:
9780262319270
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027786.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Molyneux’s question, first posed over three centuries ago, concerns cross-modal transfer: would a man born blind and made to see be able to recognize by sight alone the shapes of objects he formerly ... More


Establishing Cross-Modal Mappings:: Empirical and Computational Investigations

Pawan Sinha, Jonas Wulff, and Richard Held

in Sensory Integration and the Unity of Consciousness

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780262027786
eISBN:
9780262319270
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027786.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Whether the world of a newborn is chaotic, with distinct characteristics of sensory modalities, or whether there is order and shared properties between signals lies at the heart of Molyneux’s famous ... More


“Chunking” the World through Multisensory Perception

Kevin Connolly

in Perceptual Learning: The Flexibility of the Senses

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780190662899
eISBN:
9780190662929
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190662899.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter argues that multisensory perceptions are learned, not the result of an automatic feature binding mechanism. For example, suppose you are at a live jazz show. The drummer begins a solo. ... More


A Methodological Molyneux Question: Sensory Substitution, Plasticity, and the Unification of Perceptual Theory

Mazviita Chirimuuta and Mark Paterson

in Perception and Its Modalities

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780199832798
eISBN:
9780199381609
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199832798.003.0018
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, General

Since 1692, Molyneux’s question to John Locke has been a focus for the discussion of perception in philosophy and psychology. This chapter introduces a methodological question inspired by the ... More


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