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Perception

Ross Harrison

in On What There Must Be

Published in print September 1974 | ISBN: 9780198245070
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680830 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198245070.003.0005
Perception

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The next question to be considered is whether the general model world at its present second level of necessity or austerity contains some feature which means that it is impossible for a world just of sensations to be a comprehensible one. This question is obviously of central importance to many theories and worries about perception. It also derives the feature that it must be possible for the protagonist to be in error in some of his present tense judgements about the world. It is hoped that establishing this feature will form an intermediate step in the derivation of the impossibility of a world consisting just of sensations, and so this feature will be dubbed the intermediate feature. In addition, the consequences of the possibility of error in present judgements are presented. The chapter also covers the formal argument for same conclusion. Next, it explores the phenomenalism and knowledge by acquaintance. The desired conclusion that a world just of sensations would not be a comprehensible one has therefore finally been reached.

Keywords: perception; judgements; phenomenalism; general model world; protagonist; error

Chapter.  15970 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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