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Perception, Predication, and Belief

Barry Stroud

in The Quest for Reality

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195151886
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199867189 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195151887.003.0005
 Perception, Predication, and Belief

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Examines psychological facts such as colour, focusing on thoughts, beliefs and perceptions, while analysing how they relate to physical facts. Perceptions of colour need to be acknowledged separately from objects before they can be philosophically unmasked, because the idea that humans experience sensations does not explain predicational seeing, which assigns certain properties to an object. Two strategies are identified to prove the unreality of colour, one stating that perceptions of colour are not true, the other arguing that, according to subjectivism, colours depend on perceived sensations.

Keywords: Beliefs; Colour; Objects; Perception; Predication; Psychological facts; Sensations; Subjectivism; Thoughts

Chapter.  10708 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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