The Feature-Placing Hypothesis

Austen Clark

in A Theory of Sentience

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780198238515
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679650 | DOI:
The Feature-Placing Hypothesis

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This chapter recaps the argument briefly, in fast-forward, and then runs it again, backwards, by speculating on what it would be like to have a completed theory of sentience for a particular modality. It argues that such an empirical theory could explain whatever needs to be explained about sensing, and that the appearances to the contrary are illusions — extraordinarily sophisticated illusions, but illusions none the less. Of them Wittgenstein's diagnosis rings true: our intellect is bewitched by language.

Keywords: sentience; sensing; sensory name; sensory identities

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Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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