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Sounds and PerceptionNew Philosophical Essays$
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Matthew Nudds and Casey O'Callaghan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199282968

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282968.001.0001

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Sounds and Events 1

Sounds and Events 1

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(p.26) 2 Sounds and Events1
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Sounds and Perception
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Casey O'Callaghan (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199282968.003.0002

This chapter argues that sounds are best conceived not as pressure waves that travel through a medium, nor as physical properties of the objects ordinarily thought to be the sources of sounds, but rather as events of a certain kind. Sounds are particular events in which a surrounding medium is disturbed or set into wavelike motion by the activities of a body or interacting bodies. This Event View of sounds provides a unified perceptual account of several pervasive sound phenomena, including transmission through barriers, constructive and destructive interference, and echoes.

Keywords:   sounds, Event View, transmission, medium, perception

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