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The Relational View of Experience

John Campbell

in Reference and Consciousness

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780199243815
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597145 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199243816.003.0007

Series: Oxford Cognitive Science Series

 The Relational View of Experience

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In a relational view of experience of objects, the qualitative character of your experience is constituted by the qualitative character of the scene perceived. Alternatively, the qualitative character of experience might be held to be constituted by the occurrence of visual sensations or by representations of the surroundings. But the relational view seems best placed to acknowledge the role of experience in making it possible for us to think about the objects around us.

Keywords: experience; relational view; representation; sensations

Chapter.  8594 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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