The Locations of Sounds

Casey O'Callaghan

in Sounds

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780199215928
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191706875 | DOI:
 The Locations of Sounds

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Audition is a spatial perceptual modality. We learn about the locations of sound sources through audition because sounds appear in auditory experience to be located at a distance in a given direction, near their sources. Sounds do not phenomenologically appear in audition to travel or to fill space. The wave view of sounds, however, entails that sounds change locations in the medium over time. Unless auditory experience is systematically illusory with respect to the locations of sounds, sounds do not travel. Furthermore, unless auditory experience involves the projective error of mistaking temporal features of one's auditory experience for temporal features of sounds, sounds do not travel.

Keywords: spatial audition; locational hearing; duration; location; illusion; spatial perception

Chapter.  5780 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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