The Ontology of the Mental

Howard Robinson

in The Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780199284221
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Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

The Ontology of the Mental

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The simplest conception of the ontology of perception is that it consists of an event involving a subject, an object, and an asymmetric relation between them of perceptual consciousness: as a result of this relation, the object, in the sense of thing, becomes an object-of-perceptual-consciousness, that is, an object in the grammatico-logical sense. Direct realism preserves an important feature of naive realism, because it insists that there is no entity involved other than the external object we deem to be perceived, but it allows that there is a relation of appearing which is more than the simple apprehending of the object as it is, but the account of which remains so far unclear.

Keywords: ontology of perception; asymmetric relation; perceptual consciousness; subject and object; logical sense; grammatical sense

Article.  14879 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Philosophy of Mind

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