Illusion, and other matters

J. M. Hinton

in Experiences

Published in print May 1973 | ISBN: 9780198244035
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191680717 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

Illusion, and other matters

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This chapter studies the sense of ‘illusion’ involved. It ends in the discussion of a once strong, but today much weakened, preconception, here called one-way neutralism, on which the controversial notion of an experience has sometimes depended. The question as to the content, the relevant meaning, of ‘illusion’ is interwoven with the question as to the syntax or structure of the illusion-proposition, in such a way that it will be convenient to make some preliminary remarks about the meaning, next turn to the syntax, then return to the meaning, and so on. ‘Illusion’, here, is simply the general-cultural, non-technical notion. The fact remains that what they may prefer to call a hallucination not involving mistaken belief, and, what it is doubtless more exact, more specific, to call a hallucination or hallucinatory illusion not involving mistaken belief, is an illusion in a perfectly good non-technical sense.

Keywords: illusion; one-way neutralism; experience; hallucination; belief; syntax

Chapter.  12964 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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