The Argument from Echoes

Casey O'Callaghan

in Sounds

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780199215928
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191706875 | DOI:
 The Argument from Echoes

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Echo experiences appear to reveal secondary sounds in places different from primary sounds and their sources. The case of echoes thus grounds a fresh argument for the claim that sounds travel and against the distal event theory. This chapter argues that echoes provide no new support for the claim that sounds travel in the manner of waves. We should resist understanding echo experiences as re-encounters with traveling, spatially bounded particulars. The case of echoes therefore provides no novel argument against the event theory of sounds.

Keywords: echoes; spatial hearing; primary sounds; secondary sounds; distal event theory

Chapter.  5358 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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