The Role of Neurobiology in Differentiating the Senses

Brian L. Keeley

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Neuroscience

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780195304787
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199891993 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Role of Neurobiology in Differentiating the Senses

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This article looks at the role of neurobiology in explaining the distinction among the senses. It presents the Aristotelian account of the senses and presents the view that that psychological facts alone are sufficient to account for the different senses, or at least that organ criterion is far less important than some have argued. It discusses Johannes Müller's nineteenth-century neurophysiological characterization of the senses and its application to the defense of the neurobiological criterion.

Keywords: senses; neurobiology; Aristotelian account; psychological facts; Johannes Müller; neurobiological criterion

Article.  13134 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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