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Summary and Conclusion

Austen Clark

in Sensory Qualities

Published in print October 1996 | ISBN: 9780198236801
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679360 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236801.003.0007

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

Summary and Conclusion

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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 initially adopt an attitude of methodological solipsism, concentrating on the sensory qualities presented in the experience of just one subject. Explanations of perceptual effects proceed by showing that the thing or distal stimulus presenting a particular sensory quality in a particular situation has the same physical effect on some stage of the sensory system as some paradigm object that has and is perceived to have that quality. This book has also addressed sense impressions, an ensemble in a channel subserving discriminations; differentiative properties; quality space or sensory order; relative similarity; companionship and imperfect community; and multidimensional scaling.

Keywords: sensory qualities; sense impressions; discriminations; differentiative properties; quality space; sensory order; relative similarity; companionship; imperfect community; multidimensional scaling

Chapter.  5534 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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