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Sensory Qualities

Austen Clark

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198236801
eISBN:
9780191679360
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236801.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Many philosophers doubt that one can provide any successful explanation of sensory qualities — of how things look, feel, or seem to a perceiving subject. To provide such an explanation, one would ... More


A Theory of Sentience

Austen Clark

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198238515
eISBN:
9780191679650
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198238515.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This book offers a general account of the forms of mental representation that we call ‘sensory’. To sense something, one must have some capacity to discriminate among sensory qualities; but there are ... More


Defining and Identifying Qualities

Austen Clark

in Sensory Qualities

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198236801
eISBN:
9780191679360
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236801.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Particular qualities correspond to places within the sensory order. The identity is easy to see in the case of colours. Two colours differ if they differ in hue, saturation, or brightness. Sameness ... More


Quality Space

Austen Clark

in A Theory of Sentience

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198238515
eISBN:
9780191679650
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198238515.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

There is more to sentience than sensory qualities. Even if there comes a day when all the conceptual tangles wrapped around the qualities of sensory experience have been resolved, the job of ... More


Introduction

Austen Clark

in Sensory Qualities

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198236801
eISBN:
9780191679360
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236801.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

The qualities that characterize the smell of the lilacs, sensation of the sun, or taste of the honey are all what this book calls sensory qualities. Broadly speaking, such qualities characterize what ... More


Summary and Conclusion

Austen Clark

in Sensory Qualities

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198236801
eISBN:
9780191679360
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236801.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This book has shown that some presentations of sensory qualities can be explained, and that those explanations survive the various philosophical objections raised against them. It argued that people ... More


Some Rival Systems

Catherine Wilson

in Epicureanism at the Origins of Modernity

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199238811
eISBN:
9780191716492
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238811.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

While some 17th-century critics of Epicureanism, including Margaret Cavendish, focused on the impossibility of a structured and orderly world emerging from the purposeless collision of atoms, other ... More


Robert Boyle and the Study of Nature

Catherine Wilson

in Epicureanism at the Origins of Modernity

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199238811
eISBN:
9780191716492
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238811.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Robert Boyle was the chief apologist of the 17th century for the corpuscularian or mechanical philosophy. He was also a pious, though doubting and tormented Christian, and his adoption of a ... More


Tangible Qualities

Matthew Fulkerson

in The First Sense: A Philosophical Study of Human Touch

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780262019965
eISBN:
9780262318471
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262019965.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter defends a novel account of the structure and relations among these basic tangible qualities that I call the feature-first account. This view holds that basic tangible qualities all ... More


Selections from The Problem of Perception

A. D. Smith

in Disjunctivism: Contemporary Readings

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262026550
eISBN:
9780262255219
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262026550.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter aims to demonstrate, conditionally, that if non-normal objects are accepted as objects of immediate awareness for cases of hallucination, the generalizing step goes through, and Direct ... More


Consciousness

Rowland Stout

in The Inner Life of a Rational Agent: In Defence of Philosophical Behaviourism

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748623433
eISBN:
9780748652501
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623433.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter considers consciousness, long thought to be the hardest nut for a behaviourist to crack. It argues for an epistemic approach to consciousness in which the idea of a conscious state of ... More


What Does Vision Represent?

William G. Lycan

in Does Perception Have Content?

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199756018
eISBN:
9780199395255
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756018.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter addresses each of two interlocking issues: its title question, and the Representational theory of phenomenal color and other sensory qualities. It surveys a range of positions on the ... More


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